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Andrew Wayne Schwertner, 60, a lifetime resident of Jarrell, Texas died unexpectedly May 18, 2023,
while working on the railroad in Singleton, Texas. He was born December 28, 1962, the second of five
children, to Clifford and Lillian (Stefek) Schwertner in Taylor, Texas.
He grew up on a farm which provided ample space and opportunities to get into mischief with his
brothers and baby sister and where he formed a tight bond with his family. This is also where he
developed his work ethic which he carried with him throughout his life. Andrew attended Jarrell schools
where he excelled in high school sports as an athlete in football, basketball and track. His athletic
abilities and talents were impressive and admired by many.
After his high school graduation, in May of 1981, Andrew enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was trained and
served as a Military Policeman (MP) in the US Army for 3 years. His first duty station was the Fischbach
Army Depot in Fischbach, Germany where he joined the 165th MP Company. On August 7, 1982,
Andrew married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Teresa Klepac, at Holy Trinity
Catholic Church in Corn Hill, Texas. She then joined him in Fischbach until he was transferred in
December of 1983 to Fort Stewart, Georgia where he served out the remainder of his enlistment. They
returned to Jarrell in August of 1984, and Andrew then worked with his father-in-law. They worked
together at Bill’s Exxon, farming, and at their cotton gin in Theon, Texas. In October of 1988, Andrew
took a job at Georgetown Railroad Company in the car shop. This ultimately led to a 35-year career as a
dedicated and valued employee in the railroad industry including working at Georgetown Rail
Equipment Company and most recently Loram Technologies. When he started working on the railroad,
an engineer told him, “You are too good looking to be working on the railroad.”
Andrew had a tender heart and was nurturing to people and nature. He had a green thumb, loved to
have his hands in the dirt, and could make anything grow beautifully. You would often find him
outdoors farming, gardening or mowing the grass. He was a man of integrity and had a gift for making
people feel special. Andrew showed a sincere interest in others and was loved, respected, and admired
by all. At family get-togethers, his nieces and nephews gathered around him to play or learn a new
game or sport. You might find him on a local golf course with family and friends. Andrew’s wonderful
sense of humor throughout a round of golf made for a day filled with laughter and fun.
Andrew was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Lillian Schwertner; God-son Aaron Michael
Klepac; his Godfather, Anton Schwertner; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Dorothy Klepac.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Teresa (Klepac) Schwertner; his brothers, James Schwertner
and wife Gina; John Schwertner and wife Celeste; Thomas Schwertner and wife Rebecca; his sister,
Laura Buckley and husband Ron; his Godmother, Bernice Schwertner, and his many sisters-in-law,
brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was a beloved son, brother,
husband, cousin, nephew, brother-in-law, uncle, Godfather, great uncle and friend. Andrew will be
missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Annunciation Maternity Home at 3610 Shell
Road; Georgetown, Texas 78628.