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Kevin Dale Schawitsch

Birth Date: September 23, 1960
Death Date: June 22, 2017

Kevin Dale Schawitsch, 56, of Payson formerly of Decatur, Illinois, died at 1:15 a.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017 in his home.

Born September 23, 1960 in Decatur, Illinois, Kevin was the son of L. Dale Schawitsch and Carol O’Donnell Schawitsch Rogers.

A 1978 graduate of Mt. Zion High School, Kevin was an avid thrill seeker, and loved anything involving speed, especially open wheel sprint cars and motorcycles. In January of 2017, Kevin raced in the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and had previously competed in various sprint car races including Jacksonville, Macomb, IL and Knoxville IA. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, go-carts and riding snowmobiles. Kevin owned Discount Battery Sales in Hamilton, Illinois for several years before retiring due to ill health.

Survivors include his partner of twenty-eight years, love of his life, and soulmate, Lori Aden, of Payson; his mother, Carol Rogers of Decatur, IL; a brother Michael L. Schawitsch of Anamosa, IA; a step-mother, Brenda Schawitsch of Quincy; a niece Ashley Story and great nieces and nephews, Lane, Arizona, and Giovanni Story; aunts Agnes Christman and Sharon (Phil) Hagen; and many other beloved family members.

Mr. Schawitsch was preceded in death by his father, and his uncles Jackie O’Donnell and Bud Christman.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home in Decatur, Illinois. Burial will be at Mount Gilead Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, June 26, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home, in Quincy, Illinois. A second visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home in Decatur, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Shriner’s Hospital.

Local arrangements by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

June 27, 2017
5:00 pm
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Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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Burial Following Services
June 28, 2017
Mt. Gilead Cemetery
Mt. Gilead Rd. Decatur, IL 62521
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Celebration Of Life Funeral Ceremony
June 28, 2017
10:00 am
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. He may be gone, but I will never forget Kevin Dale Schawitsch. I remember when Kevin bought his Nova all souped up, half the engin sticking out of the hood and was so pround of it. You could hear this car coming couple blocks away. He came over to pick me up to go out and cruise Eldorado Street and Fairview Park showing off, one of his Greatest Qualities. Well my mom happened to be outside when Kevin turned in the drive and then proceeded trying to stop the car while it slid in the driveway rocks cause it only had back brakes for some reason, something to do with speed and racing. Well my mom had complimented Kevin and his car, and then went on to tell him that her daughter was never going to get in that car. Kevin had to go home, park his Hot Rod Nova and get his moms car if he wanted to take me out that night and he did it. He was always that kind of Guy. If he could help he would. Im so glad we stayed great friemds since 1975. I was lucky enough to see Kevin last September for his 55th Birthday. From my Family to Kevin's Family I am so sorry for your loss. I will always love Kevin and i will never forget him.

  2. Many people lost a true friend.Kevin will be missed but never forgotten ,Schawitsch was always an adventure.Im so sorry for your loss.My prayers are with you .Sincerely Lori Cornthwaite Acton.

  3. Kevin we will miss that smile and laughter of yours. Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you,Lori, Carol and Brenda. Love ya always, Aunt Debbie

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