Arnold Schwab

Arnold Schwab passed away on January 27, 2018, at the age of 103.

He was born and raised in Chicago. Arnold attended Morgan Park Military Academy where he excelled in academics as well as athletics. His undergraduate degree was earned at the Univ. of Chicago. After completing DePaul Law School, he served in the Army Air Corps for 4 years, He loved reminiscing about his time in Corsica, N. Africa, and Italy during WWII. During that time, he was awarded the Bronze Star and 7 battle stars as a very proud member of the 57th Bomb Wing. He was discharged as a Captain in 1946. Arnold married  Louise Milton of St. Louis, the love of his life, later that year. They were together for 70 years when she passed in 2016. Together, they moved their young family to St. Louis in 1955 where Arnold worked as Vice President of the Milton Oil Company until 1962, when he founded the A.H.Schwab Co, manufacturing wooden toys under the brand name 4J, a nod to his 4 children: John, Julie, Jan, and Joe. Arnold was a consummate businessman. After selling the business, he & Louise traveled extensively. Arnold was introduced to golf in Chicago at Ravisloe CC in 1948. He was a natural and continued playing as a member of Westwood CC for 60 years. He also played regularly in Jupiter, FL at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club in later years. He took pride in shooting his age or better over 150 times and played well into his 90s. He sat on the boards of the Western Golf Seniors Assn. and MO State Senior Golf Associations and served as President of the St. Louis Seniors Golf Assn. Though golf was his passion, Arnold excelled in many sports in his life.  He was also an avid fan, and became a partner in the Chicago White Sox franchise in 1982.  

Arnold will be missed, but lovingly remembered by his four children, his grandchildren, and especially his 3 great-granddaughters. His generosity to his family as well as to hospitals, schools, religious organizations and other causes, will not be forgotten. 

The family would like to thank Vivian Nieuwsma, the staff of the Gatesworth in St. Louis, and BJC Hospice. They suggest that donations in Arnold’s memory be made to BJC Hospice or to the Evans Scholars Foundation. Additional info at