Timothy Mark Schwegler, 63, of Kirksville, MO passed on to heaven on Thursday, April 14, 2022 in his wife’s arms and with his sons by his side in Columbia, MO at Boone Hospital.
Tim was born in St. Louis, MO on April 15, 1958 to Willard C. Schwegler and Belva B. Bush Schwegler. On June 30, 1984 at the Meadowbrook Christian Church in Kirksville he was united in marriage to Nancy Jane Witte.
He graduated in 1976 from Riverview Gardens High School in St. Louis. He graduated from Truman State in 1980 where he served as captain of the Bulldog Cross Country team and was a member of the Track team. After graduation, he worked at Kirksville High School as the Boys Cross Country/Track & Field coach. He led the Tigers to three district titles, two North Central Missouri Conference championships and had three top ten state finishes.
He returned to Truman to complete his master’s degree and served as a volunteer assistant for the women’s Cross Country/Track & Field squads.
Following his master’s degree completion, Schwegler was named the head coach at Highland (Kansas) Community College where he built a top-20 NJCAA Track and Field/Cross Country program. He coached 106 athletic all-Americans and 192 academic all-Americans during his tenure at Highland. The Scotties won eight Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference championships and were named the NJCAA Top Academic Team of the Year nine times. He was the 1999 NJCAA Men’s Track Coach of the Year and the 2004 NJCAA Region VI Women’s Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Highland Community College Hall of Fame.
Schwegler returned to Truman and the Kirksville community in 2006 to serve as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs and was later elevated to the head coaching position in 2013. During that time period, he helped produce 25 conference champions, six NCAA Division II All-Americans, one National Champion, numerous USTFCCCA All-Academic scholars and teams, nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and new school records in 15 different events.
He was on the board for Campus Christian Fellowship at Truman State University where he and his wife dated. He was a member of Countryside Christian Church where he served as an Elder and Sunday School teacher. He loved his church family. His dearest hope was that everyone would feel welcome, and would know Jesus and how much He loves them.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nancy (Witte) Schwegler who was his biggest fan, supporter and partner in all of his dreams. He is also survived by his sons, Matthew of Kansas City, MO and Samuel of Kirksville. Also surviving is his sister, Judy Groeteke of Ellisville, MO and sister in-laws: Betsy (Jim) Glasgow of Edina, MO, Judy (Rodrigo) Quesada of Heredia, Costa Rica, and Kathy (Ron) Poore of Edina, MO.
Also surviving are many precious nieces and nephews: Steve (Angie), Sam and Emma; Brian (Linda), Dylan, Dustin, Hadleigh and Addison, Mark (Kesi), Rachel, Jordan, Braylyn, Ryder, Kyle, Emma and Hoyt; Julie (John), Alex and Andy; Randall (Valentina), Gonzalo and Ignacio; Monica (Victor), Emma and Luciana; Roberto, Mathias; Rodrigo; Jodi (Scott), Porter and Wren; and Royce.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Eli Eugene, and baby Chris.
Visitation will be at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home on Friday, April 22, 2022 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at Countryside Christian Church on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Park View Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kirksville, MO.
Tim would have loved for attendees to wear Truman purple or HCC navy and gold for his beloved alma mater and Highland, KS friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Countryside Christian Church or Truman State University Cross Country/Track and Field.
Arrangements in the care of Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, 2100 E. Shepherd Ave in Kirksville, MO.