John W. Swatek III

John W. Swatek III of Lee’s Summit, Missouri passed away on June 17, 2023. He was born on February 9th, 1945, in Davenport, IA, to Jack and Margaret (Bruce) Swatek.

He was a proud graduate of Mexico High School in Mexico, Missouri where he played football and would continue playing football at the University of Missouri. During college he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam, Okinawa, and Japan. After returning home he completed his degree at the University of Missouri, he married his high school sweetheart Karen (Shoemaker) Swatek and had a son and two daughters. Together, they would move 14 times during his career with John Deere. As President and owner of Mid-America Industrial Equipment Company, he and his family spent most of those years in the Blue Springs and Sunrise Beach area. After retirement he would take on the ranching business for almost 15 years at his favorite place, Deere Valley Ranch.

He was a big supporter of all things Mizzou, weekends at the lake, John Deere, and the Marine Corps. Most importantly, he was a proud dad and granddad. His big heart, funny stories, and sense of humor will forever be missed. His canine companions were dear to him. Molly girl will stay behind with Karen, but we know Dozer is on a long walk with him now.

He is preceded in death by his father, Jack W. Swatek. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen, of 56 years. Survivors include son Justin Swatek (Jen) of Denver, CO, daughters Allison (Adam) Minks of Lee’s Summit, MO, and Megan (Ryan) Yagelski of Dallas, TX: and proud Granddad to Colton, Summer, Maren, and Lane. He is also survived by his mother, Margaret B. Swatek of Mexico, Missouri, and two sisters.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 11:00am. Church address: 4725 NE Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064. A reception following will be held at the Stanley Historic Event Space from 12:30pm-2:30pm, 308 SE Douglas Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063. A burial service will be held in Mexico, Missouri, at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that donations be made to the Semper Fi Fund in honor of John Swatek,


  1. Shannon Zemlak on June 22, 2023 at 9:26 am

    An amazing man with a beautiful family that will miss him dearly. Thinking of Karen and the family and praying for their comfort and peace.

  2. Seanna Johnson on June 23, 2023 at 11:53 am

    So many fun memories of Mr. Swatek .. a fast boat ride.. John taking Jake and Grace to the farm to play on tractors.. John was a good man and will be remembered and loved by so many. My deepest condolences to Karen and the family! Thinking of you all.. often! ??

  3. David And Kandi Hancock on June 23, 2023 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve never met Mr. Swatek but I’ve met his daughter, Megan. I believe ones children’s speaks volumes for the quality of the parents. If Megan is anything like her father, and I’m sure she is, what a beautiful person he must have been. We are praying for the family and for comfort for the loss you must feel.

  4. Paulette Novel on June 25, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    So sorry to hear of Johns passing. My deepest sympathy to Karen and the family and prayers for comfort and peace . My thoughts are with you.

  5. Sheryl & Larry Pasquini on June 27, 2023 at 10:10 am

    I think I’ll miss his bear hugs the most??The hearty laugh, the twinkle in his eye. There was a lot to love about John. Our hearts go out to the Swatek Family. ??

  6. Tim Murphy on May 4, 2024 at 10:35 am

    John hired me as a mechanic at his John Deere store in Colorado many years ago. I was so proud to work for him and Karen. They treated all us employees like family, and were so concerned for everyone’s welfare.
    I’m so sad to hear of John’s passing, and pray Karen and all his family are safe and able to support each other in their time of sadness.
    Godspeed, John Swatek. And thank you for your service 🙏🇺🇸!

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