William  Schwab Jr.


William S. Schwab Jr., 90, of Rogers, Ark., passed away at Circle of Life Hospice Home, in Bentonville, Ark., on December 30, 2018.
He was born March 2, 1928, in St. Louis, Mo., to William and Frances (Newman) Schwab. He served in the U.S. Army from 1945-46, and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1949, and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School in 1951, receiving his master's degree.
He was the president and chairman of the board of Newman Mercantile Co. and served on many corporate boards, public and private, including: St. John's Regional Medical Center, Missouri Southern State College, the Joplin (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce, the Enid (Okla.) Chamber of Commerce and the National Retail Merchants Association Small Stores Division. He was a member of the United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, of Rogers; his children, William Schwab III and wife, Kathleen, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, David Schwab and wife, Loretta, of Miami, Fla., Anne Essig, of Joplin, Cynthia Stephenson Chapman and husband, Ed, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Anne Schwab, of Shawnee Mission, Kan., and Amy Sill and husband, Darren, of Joplin; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Schwab and wife, Rochelle, of Alexandria, Va.; brother-in-law, John Blumenfeld, of St. Louis, Mo.; and sisters-in-law, Charlotte Herrmann, of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Patty Bullard and husband, Jim, of Rogers. He was preceded in death by children Beth Post and Clark Post; and a sister, Laura Blumenfeld.
He wished to thank all friends and associates for the opportunity to have been able to serve the communities in which he lived.
Private graveside services were held at Mt. Hope Cemetery on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.
Memorial donations may be made to United Hebrew Congregation of Joplin (uhcjoplin.org), Joplin Humane Society or Circle of Life Hospice Home, in Bentonville.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin.
Published on January 6, 2019
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Audrey Burtrum-Stanley
Jan 12, 2019
I am saddened to learn of the end of Mr.S.'s life; He was one of the long-time pillars of Joplin's downtown. I extend my condolences to all who cared about him.
Back in the early 1970s, I worked with the talented Rosemary (Post) at KUHI TV and recall when this couple wed. I send her a special hug at this sorrowful time.