Edward "Coach" Lee Schwieger

July 18, 1944April 23, 2018

Edward “Coach” Schwieger, 73, of Ames passed away with family by his side at Accura Healthcare on Monday, April 23, 2018.

Edward was born Tuesday, July 18, 1944 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to the Late Robert and Lavonne (Cannon) Schwieger, he was a graduate of Fort Dodge High School. On February 7, 1965, he married Patricia A. Stilwell in Wichita, Kansas.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1962, taking basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was assigned duty at Kunsan Air Force Base in Kunsan, Korea, for 13 months as an Air Policeman. On completion of this tour of duty, he was assigned duty at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. He was honorably discharged in 1966.

Following time served in the Air Force, he was employed as a wholesale route salesman for Colonial Bread and Hiland potato chips for 15 years. He was later employed as a field manager for U-Haul for 10 years. He was a graduate from AIB with a degree in Accounting, then worked for Vitals Trucking until becoming disabled due to several strokes and seizures.

Not yet ready to retire, he was asked and urged by Dale Tramp and Jim Duea to become a volunteer football coach for their sophomore football team at Ames High, which he did for 25+ years. He also volunteered as a coach for the AHS Boys’ track team.

Over the years, Ed made many new friends at the local Hy-Vee, where you could find him most weekday mornings, drinking coffee and talking sports.

Coach is survived by his wife Patricia of Ames, his beloved children Joe (Lisa) Schwieger of North liberty, and Tammy (Rob) Twiselton of Story City. He has four granddaughters, Brittany, Kristen, Vanessa, and Abigail, and one great grandson Zachariah. He also leaves behind one Brother Richard (Marty) Schwieger of Alexandria, Aunt Dorothy (94) of Gowrie, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may join us in celebrating Coach’s life on Sunday, April 29 from 1-4 pm at North Grand Christian Church, 919 30th Street, Ames, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the family.

The family of Edward Lee Schwieger expresses its appreciation to all who have been so thoughtful during this time.


  • Celebration Of Life Sunday, April 29, 2018

Edward "Coach" Lee Schwieger

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Bruce Vertanen

April 29, 2018

Our deepest sympathies to the family of Coach Schwieger. "Schwieg" was a treasured member of our athletic program for many years. He was very important to the kids and staff at Ames High School and had a positive impact on our football, track, and basketball programs. He was 100% reliable and showed tremendous courage through his many physical struggles. He also worked tirelessly in the equipment room and took statistics for the sports he was coaching. No matter how tough of day you were having, Schwieg lifted your spirits. He made Ames High a better place and he will be missed.

Bruce Vertanen
Ames High School
Head Football Coach
Assistant Track Coach
Assistant Basketball Coach

Emmett and Mary Stevermer

April 26, 2018

We are sorry we won't be able to be with you to celebrate Ed's life. He certainly shared a lot with Ames High athletes and they remember him fondly.

Cindy Stuve

April 26, 2018

Coach Schwieger was a guy to love when my son was in high school sports at AHS. As much as Coach loved those kids, they loved him back just as much! I applaud Ames High for making accommodations for Coach to get around because I know he thrived being in that environment for as long as he could do so! I will always remember his warm smile and friendly greeting...despite anything he was going through, whenever I saw him at AHS or Hy-Vee. Thinking of Coach's family and friends with sympathy during this difficult time. Peace to your wonderful soul Coach!

Lisa Schwieger

April 26, 2018

John Holscher

April 25, 2018

Thank you for all of your dedicated service Coach Ed Schwieger. Your never ending positivity, humor and famous Schwieger Shuffle left impressions on countless Ames High Athletes and your loss is being felt by generations of past students. You touched countless lives. God bless you.

Cory Wandling

April 25, 2018

Cory Wandling

April 25, 2018