Senator Forrest V. Schwengels View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 4/10/1989
Birth Place: Sheffield, IA
Birth County: Franklin
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 65 (1973) - 72 (1987)
Home County: Jefferson
Forrest V. Schwengels
Jefferson County


MADAM PRESIDENT: Forrest “Frosty” Schwengels, 73, of Fairfield, passed away April 10, 1989. He was born in Sheffield, Iowa, on August 27, 1915.

Mr. Schwengels attended schools in Sheffield, Iowa and Chicago, Illinois. He attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College; received his B.A. from Parsons College, his M.A. from Georgetown University and did doctorate study at Indiana University. He married Betty Pickett in 1943. They had two sons; Paul, of Takoma Park, MD and Forrest II of Poquoson, VA; a daughter Suzanne Schwengels of Des Moines; and six grandchildren.

Senator Schwengels was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 1972 and served in the 65th, 66th, 67th, 68th, 69th, 70th, 71st, and 72nd General Assemblies. During those sixteen years in the Iowa Senate he was an early leader on natural resource issues and led lawmakers in pioneering erosion control. He was author of soil-conservation policies that have set the mark for the nation.

Mr. Schwengels served twenty-three years in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1963. He was a professor at Parsons College from 1963 to 1973.

He was a member of the Farm Bureau, Lions Club, Elks Club, Masons, Retired Officers Association, Air Force Association, Phi Sigma Epsilon, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chamber of Commerce, Shrine, Indian Hills Community College Foundation, Soil Conservation Society of America, and the Historical Society.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE SEVENTY-THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Forrest V. Schwengels, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this Resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.