John Stewart Schwab

August 1917 – September 2011

John Schwab, 94, of Turlock, California, entered the presence of his Lord on September 20, 2011. John was born in Galveston, Texas. He received his education from Wheaton College (Illinois) and the University of Texas where he graduated in Business Management in 1941.

In 1941, shortly after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, John began US Navy officers training. He served on a minesweeper and the battleship USS Iowa. Later, while serving at Mare Island (Vallejo) he met Eldora Johnson, an R.N. teaching assistant at Samuel Merritt Hospital (Oakland). They were married in January, 1944.

After World War II ended, because of the great needs in Japan, John changed his future direction from insurance sales to preparation for missionary service. He attended Moody Bible Institute (Chicago) and Columbia Bible College (SC) graduating with an MA in Biblical Education. John and Eldora served in Japan for 37 years (TEAM). Many University students opened their hearts in faith to the message of God’s love partly through viewing Moody Science films (with Japanese soundtrack). John played a part in introducing these films to neighboring Korea and Indonesia as well. Another great joy was helping to establish the “Little Bamboo Church” in Tokyo.

After relocating to the United States in 1985, John served for several years on the staff of the US Center for World Mission (Pasadena). When they moved to Turlock, John established and directed the Central Valley Center for World Mission (organizing mission seminars in several valley cities). John and Eldora have been long-time members of Monte Vista Chapel.
John is survived by his wife of 67 years Eldora, 5 children: Phil (Ann) of Reston, Virginia, Jonathan (Mary-Jane) of Wilmington, Delaware, Lo-Anne (Stan) Olson of Tokyo, Japan, David of Altadena, California, and Ruthi (Dave) Kuhn of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and one sister Elizabeth (Harry) Jarvis of Houston, Texas.

On September 30th at 3PM, a celebration of John’s life will be held at Covenant Village of Turlock in the Berg Hall, 2125 N. Olive. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to TEAM, PO Box 969, Wheaton, IL 60187-969 for the China Ministry Acct. No. 07865 c/o Phil Schwab.


  1. All of us in Japan appreciate the wonderful example of John as he faithfully served God with all his heart. Each one of you–Eldora and five children–are loved and appreciated. Flossie (Johnson) Epley, Tokyo, Japan, CA

  2. We are mourning your loss and rejoicing your father’s gain. May you feel the nearness of Christ during this time of great loss and be comforted by your father’s great legacy and influence. Laura Newbrander, Carol Stream, IL

  3. Mrs Schwab and Ruthie, In your time of sorrow may you find peace in God’s presence as He gives you strength for today and hope for tomorrow. With Prayers and Sympathy. Pauline Goodin Friend of Ruthie, San Antonio, TX

  4. Dear Eldora, I was sorry to hear about the loss of your husband John. I did not know him but have worked closely with Phil and heard about his dad from him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you grieve and celebrate. Warmly, Steve
    Edlin TEAM, West Chicago, IL

  5. Eldora, I have fond memories of both of you. I am sure “the God of all comfort will be with you at this time. From personal experience I can tell you that it hits harder later, after everyone has gone home and all the flowers are wilted. I recommend the
    hymn “For All the Saints.” In the bonds of Christ, Bob Shade, Lakewood, CO

  6. What a privilege it has been for me in having a small place in John’s life as his nurse, when he lived in residential living at CVOT. Whenever I would ask him how he was doing he would always tell me how good God is. John was a wonderful example of a follower
    of Jesus, always showing love. He will always be one of my heros. Lorrie Waldroup, Turlock, CA

  7. I knew him when i worked at CVOT Care Center now i am retired. May he rest in peace in the house of the Lord. Roberta Lariosa, Turlock, CA

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