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May 13, 2014
Dad and Grandpa, We miss you so much and think of you often. Still having those great conversations with you, too! We Look forward to seeing you again in the next life. Hope you are with mom and having some fun beating those others at Bridge! Tomorrow is mom's birthday. As always, you both are in our hearts.
January 22, 2014
One year later, we all still miss you Dad. Thank you again for your wit, your challenges to us, your friendship and your love of our family. You are always in our hearts.
January 13, 2013
It was an honor knowing you, John, though our paths crossed all too briefly. I will always remember your life of decency and courage.
January 12, 2013
On January 8, 2013, I had the privilege of being present as a 7 man honor guard stood at attention as a long line of cars filled with family members arrived with the hearse leading the procession. Even though the sky was clear, it was bitter cold at 1:30 pm today at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. The soldiers did not wear overcoats.

They stood unflinching in their crisp Airforce uniforms and saluted as 8 young men, grandsons of the deceased, carried the coffin to the breezy open-sided memorial shelter. The honor guard waited solemnly as Father Jim said his final words and the family prayed.

The 3-volley shot gun blasts, 4 rifles fired in unison, rang like bells in the air. The bugler, also in uniform, played taps; the sound echoed across the valley filled with row after row of identical, white headstones.

The family watched as 2 soldiers carefully folded the US flag that had been draped across the coffin. They took such great care with this duty. A senior officer inspected and perfected the folded flag.

The senior member of the military party turned, dropped to one knee and presented the folded flag to Karen. His words were clear and intentional:

"Mam, On behalf of the President of the United States, the Department of the Air Force, and a grateful nation, we offer this flag for the faithful and dedicated service of your father Colonel John F. Swift. God bless you and this family, and God bless the United States of America."

Tears streamed down my face as I heard these words. It is hard to describe the feelings that swelled inside.

A lone hawk flew in circles over our cars as we eventually left to drive to the afternoon family gathering.

I will always remember this wonderful man, his service to our country, his love of family, his funny jokes and endless stories. All who knew John F. Swift and his wonderful wife Kathleen were truly blessed.
January 06, 2013
I really enjoyed getting to know John. He is an intelligent and delightful man. Many will miss his quick wit and cheerfulness.
Carolyn P. James (in-law) and Sydney James
January 06, 2013
God bless you John. May you rest in peace knowing that you lived your life with excellence, with bright eyes and bushy tail and allowed Divine Light to move through you and shine on others. Thank you for providing me and my husband with our dearest and most lasting friend.
January 06, 2013
I have been so blessed to know John F. Swift and to be a part of the family for over 30 years. How wonderful it has been to be called "daughter" by this hard-working, accomplished and loving man. You were a great role model, dad. We will all miss you. Even as we grieve our loss here on Earth, I know there was great rejoicing in Heaven on New Year's Day.
January 04, 2013
Col Swift was one of the finest people that I have been privileged to know. He made me feel like I was a member of his beautiful family and he was a profound influence on me during my time in Kansas City. No one who knew this wonderful man will ever forget him.
January 04, 2013
I work with Greg and am sorry for your loss. Hopefully you will find comfort in the memories and remember the good times that were shared.
January 04, 2013
I am grateful for the life of Mr. Swift. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.
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