Robert A. Schwartz, 97, Durand, Illinois died at 6:55 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 in Woods Crossing after a brief illness.\r\r\n\r\r\n Born June 7, 1917 in Winnebago, Illinois, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert and Christina (Mueller) Schwartz. Attended Lightfoot Country School. Married the former Evelyn F. Carter in Rockford, Illinois on October 10, 1942. He farmed his entire life. He was a member of Winnebago County Farm Bureau and Durand Lions. He bowled until he was 90 years old, played cards and enjoyed fishing and horse shoes. The family would like to thank the staff at Woods Crossing and Heartland Hospice for the care given to Robert.\r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include daughter, Jean (Jackie) Lane, Winnebago, Illinois; son, Jerry Schwartz, Rockford, Illinois; daughter, Barb (Glenn) Matteson, Durand, Illinois; daughter-in-law, Lorraine Schwartz, Durand, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Mark Schwartz, Andrea Murphy, Tammy (Jimmy Boyce) Moore, Leonard (Kiliemah) Lane, Melissa (Joshua) Fairbanks, Todd (Karissa) Matteson and Jason Schwartz; 10 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in by his parents, wife, son Dennis, granddaughter Lisa Stephens, four brothers and four sisters.\r\r\n\r\r\n Funeral ceremonies will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2015 in McCorkle Funeral Home-Durand Chapel, 101 Main Street, Durand, Illinois with Pastor Brian Channel of Durand United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Durand Township Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5:00 -8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 2.