Every few yaears I Google relatives with whom I have had no personal contact for many years. I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I wish to express my deepest sympathies to Wanda and the children.Bill was the son of my Aunt Mary and the step-son of my Uncle Joe Flanagan. It has been 58 years since I last saw Bill but the wonderful memories still persist. Our first meeting was during the Korean War. Bill, then a navy Sea Bee, was on his way home from Korea to Oklahoma. He showed up at our door in San Lorenzo, California, a tall, skinny sailor in his dress blues. He told of his experiences driving a combat bulldozer digging tank traps.We played basketball in our home basketball court. Bill had a decided height advantage over my friends and me.
Fast forward to 1957. Now I am in the Navy and undergoing training at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Norman. I get in touch with Bill. Bill and Wanda make me feel more welcome than anyone had ever--before or since. They invite me out to the house to meet them and the kids. They serve a wonderful dinner. Bill shows me the two new 1957 Fords they had just purchase. Seeing how much in awe of the cars I am Bill hands me the keys and offers me the car for the rest of the day. I drive around town a proud and delighted 17 year old. When I return to the house Wanda offers to get me a date with a nursing student. What a wonderful visit. I will never forget Bill. Rest in peace. By now you have probably invented a new machine for plowing clouds for God in heaven.
It was an honor to have worked for Bill over the years. He was a good man to learn from and a great man to work for.
God bless my Uncle Bill, proud to be his sister Maryanne's youngest daughter, his youngest niece, Saralee Claire (Swisher) Green. May he and my mama forever rest in peace, with everlasting joy in heaven. I am the most blessed person on earth, my family are truly some of the most kind, wonderful people anyone has ever known. Thank you God for my family, and thank you God for my uncle Bill Swisher, his blessings and legacy are too vast to even count, for innumerable people, that will continue for millennia to come.
My husband worked twenty five years for CMI and he thought a great deal of Bill. My husband passed in 01 and I know that the CMI family was there in that difficult time of need. God Bless his family.
I have very fond memories of CMI and Bill. I worked for CMI in the office/receptionist area around 1970. I met my husband in that time frame. He worked for Bill and traveled all over the world helping with the training and use of the pavers. His name was Paul Farver "Jiggs". He thought the world of Bill. Jiggs passed away while working for Bill around 1999 in Costa Rica. For some reason I happened to come across this obit. of Bill from last year. My very best to the Swisher family.
I had the privilege of working for Bill and really got to appreciate his ethical, and enthusiastic attitude towards life, work and family. It was an honor to be around someone who single handedly changed the construction industry. Truly one of the great pioneers of industry. With Bill, you always knew where you stood, no pretense. I only wish I had heard of his passing earlier as I would have made the trip to see him and visit with his family, something I know he would have done for me.
My sincerest condolences to Wanda and the entire Swisher Family.
Pat & Melisa Lang
Our heartfelt condolences to Wanda and Bill's extended family. He was a gifted man, one who accomplished much, and along the way, motivated many of us to be better than we otherwise would have been. Both he and Wanda were always kind to us. Bill will be truly missed by many.
I worked along side of Bill Swisher in the Ron Shotts Republican campaign for Governor in 1978. Bill, as a volunteer, outworked everyone but Ron and was a shot of electricity for the campaign. My thoughts and prayers to Mrs. Wanda Swisher, Ann Swisher McGehee and Kelly Swisher McLain... three of the finest ladies I have ever had the pleasure to know. Oklahoma and the US will miss Bill. He was smart, hard working, supportive and kind. God Bless the Swishers, Pam Henry, OKC, OK
Bill was an incredable individual. He did his best in all things. He was a great freind and a mentor. We had the opportunity to work together, and to break bread together. Bill was not only a leader in his industry. He was a leader in his community. He was a strong supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and his life reflects the principals of the Scout oath and law.
To his family my most sincere condolonces.
We lost a good man Thursday morning. The equipment he designed and sold can be seen throughout 100 countries...there was something CMI in the 80 countries I visited plus some 20 countries more. I'm grateful and privileged to have known and worked for him. Our condolences to Wanda and all his family. Chester and Carol Parker
Bill Swisher was such a kind, honorable, and accomplished man, and our world is less without him. His countless good deeds and compassion will long continue to speak in testament to a life indeed well lived.
I was the Account Executive for the advertising agency that Bill Swisher used to educate the Road Building Industry the benefits of the 'Autograde" System .
I worked with Bill and CMI for 17 years. Bill did more for highway construction than anyone else. A brillant individual. Will be missed by all. Don B. Dennis
I was one of the Tinker AFB guides assigned to the Russian military visit in 1989. The Swishers visited with each of us and thanked us for our help. Square dancing on the farm is one of my fondest memories...my heartfelt condolences to the family.
I am the son of D.J. Miller who bought the first AG65 Motorgrader in about 1973. I believe Bill is one of the finest creators of highway construction equipment. I am so blessed to have known him. I wish his family the best and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Michael Miller
Mr. Swisher was such an accomplished man with an amazing family. How fortunate that his family will can continue his legacy. I only briefly met him on a few occasions, but have seen his wonderful impact on people's lives as witnessed by his beloved daughter and my dear friend Ann. God bless the Swisher family! You are in my prayers!
Melanie J. McNutt
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bills family and friends. He was a great person. He and CMI were one of the best things to happen to my family and I. When God made Bill he broke the mold. He will be missed but not forgotten
Ed,Susan, Alex Goodson