- April 28, 1918 - March 11, 2011
- Greenwood, Indiana
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“It was August, 1964 and I'd just arrived on Butler University's campus, an eager yet anxious 17-year old freshman from Boston, Massachusetts about to...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Steve Clark - Louisville, KY
“I know this is over two years after his passing, but I was reminded earlier this evening about Indiana basketball and Herb Schwomeyer's name came to...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Jeff Tinch - Panama City, FL
“Herb was a legend at Quincy Senior High School in the drama department. He was included in every show as an inserted reference by Tom Burnett, a...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Marc Wyckoff
“Sandy and Judy:
My mom, Bertha Fenske recently informed me of your father's death.
We are very sorry for your loss, and offer our condolences to...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara (Fenske) Davies - NY
“herb epitomized all that is great in the world..thanks for pulling the bulldogs through their victories.keep it up herb. words are inadequate to...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: donald batrich - indianapolis, IN
“Dear Sandy, Judy, and family,
Word of your father's loss just reached me here in Florida. I was so saddened to hear of his passing. But what...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Pat Cooper Randolph - Fort Myers, FL
“Dear Judy and Sandy,
It was with great sadness that I heard of your dad's passing this evening, but then I thought, for a moment, and see a...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Dan Danner - friend
“Dear Sandy and Judy:
I tuned into WTTV Channel 4 just now and they mentioned that your father had just passed away. I am so sorry to hear that...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Elizabeth Harger - Indianapolis, IN
“Dear Schwomeyer Family,
My late father, Lowell E Green, was a classmate of Herb's & fellow student manager for basketball in the late-1930s Tony...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Susie & Brad Scott - Cincinnati, OH
Your dad's sense of integrity and adventure live on in you, and all though I never met him I will always remember your stories of him going...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Phil Lynch
“Herb and Freda Schwomeyer were always fun to be around at the activities my parents, Paul and Kathleen Honan, brought us to with the Schwomeyers. I...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Jones - Lebanon, IN
“As a new person to Butler University and a staff member in the alumni affairs office, Herb was a near daily visitor. We shared many great stories...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Barbara Wright - Indianapolis, IN
“I was sad to learn of Dean Schwomeyer's passing, and I will miss seeing him at the Butler golf tournaments and at Butler basketball games. Though I...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Judy Horst - Menlo Park, CA
“I consider Herb to be one of the finest persons I have ever known. He was such a gentleman, so kind, so pleasant, so thoughtful, and so bright. I...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Jim Limp - Lebanon, IN
“Dear Schwomeyer family,
Our thoughts are with you in your time of loss. I really enjoyed the times I spent talking basketball with Herb. It was...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Steve Witty - Avon, IN - Friend
“Dear Sandy, Judy, and Randy, Blake, Shannan, Bradley, Karri and grandchildren,
I had the honor of briefly meeting your Dad some years back , at...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Candy and Victor Dorsten - FL
“Sandy and Judy,
Your dad made a lasting impression on my life. Basketball was my passion and I played for North Central High School--at a time...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Marjorie (Bates) Vonnegut Batic - IN
“Dean Schwomeyer was a steadying influence on a wild, barely housetrained student in the late 60s - me. Despite our frequent battles over content in...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Terry Anderson - De Pere, WI
“Sandy and Judy,
What a long and wonderful life Herb had.
You both made him so very proud. I am honored to have the memories and experiences...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: James Pennington, RDMS - NV
“Dear Schwomeyer Family,
There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Brian and Bruce Buchanan - IN
Herb was born in Indianapolis to Carl and Anna Schwomeyer April 28, 1918 and died March 11, 2011. He was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis. He went to Emmaus Lutheran Elementary, Manual High School and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Butler University. He later earned a Doctorate at Indiana University. He began his career in education at Carmel High School as a teacher and coach. From 1945 to 1983 he was associated with Butler University as a teacher, athletic coach, advisor, field representative for Admissions, Dean of Men and Director of Athletic Promotion.
While at Manual, Herb was the president of the Senior class, played basketball and later received the Manual Alumnus of the Year and the Athletic Alumnus of the Year Awards. At Butler he played and coached for Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle later receiving the Butler Medal, the Bulldog of the Year Award, the Special Service Award and was elected to the Alumni Board of Directors.
Herb worked as an official for both football and basketball for the I.H.S.A.A. and officiated the State Basketball Tournament Finals in 1955 and 1956. He was the President of the Indiana Officials Association and assisted in the IHSAA Tournament telecasts on Channel 6.
He is a member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, a “Sagamore of the Wabash”, a Director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and served on the Speakers Bureau for the Indianapolis Indians baseball team. He is the author of Hoosier Hysteria and Hoosier Hersteria (History of Indiana High School Boys and Girls Single Class Basketball).
He is preceded in death by his wife Freda Marvel Schwomeyer. Herb is survived by his daughters, Sandy (Randy) Lamb; Judy Sladky and her husband Blake Norton; two grandchildren, Shannon Lamb and Brad (Karri) Lamb, two great grandchildren, Kyleigh and Madisyn and a sister, Helen (Monte) O’Connor.
Calling will be Monday March 14, 2011 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Hinkle Fieldhouse 510 W. 49th Street Indianapolis, IN 46208. Service will be 2:00 pm Tuesday March 15, 2011 at Pilgrim Lutheran Church 10202 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46290 with calling hour prior. Entombment will be in Washington Park North Cemetery.
The family request that In lieu of flowers, donations be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church 10202 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, IN 46290; Butler University (Athletic Dept.) 4600 Sunset Ave. Indianapolis, IN; Morgantown United Methodist Church 20 E. Washington St. Morgantown, IN 46160; Country Charm Assisted Living 3177 Meridian Parke Dr. Greenwood, IN 46142.
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