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Max Swinford Obituary
Swinford, Max L.

Max L. Swinford, 89, resident of Oneida, Wis. and Bonita Springs, Fla. died peacefully at home on Friday, June 21st. Born July 30th, 1923, in Windsor, Ill., Max grew up on the family farm. He was a Marine sergeant during the World War II, which enabled him to attend college on the GI Bill. Max attended Eastern Illinois University (EIU) and obtained his Bachelors in Education. While at EIU, he met Betty L. Rose, whom he later married. Max and Betty wed on June 12, 1948. They had three children: Lonnie, Randy and Mary. He later obtained his Masters degree in Education from the University of Illinois.

Max was a teacher for 36 years, for the most part spending his efforts in the field of Industrial Arts. For the last 17 years of his educational career, he served as the Divisional Chairman of Applied Arts at Larkin High School. Throughout his teaching tenure, Max also coached football, basketball and track.

He was a member of the Bonita Springs Kingdom Hall and also attended the Green Bay North Kingdom Hall. He was an avid stamp collector and would pull his many stamp collections out for anyone to admire. He was also known to be an avid mushroom hunter, known to some as The Great White Mushroom Hunter.

Max is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty L. Swinford. He is further survived by two children, Randy (Lani), Princeton, Ill.; and Mary B. Swinford, Green Bay; seven grandchildren, Katie, Jillian, and Elise Swinford, Erin and Sam Berns, Brent and Marta Swinford; and one great-grandson, Lucas Ford Hanlon. Max was preceded in death by his son, Lonnie Max Swinford.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the following people, for without their support and love, the final days would have been unbearable: Aurora Visiting Nurses Association Hospice staff, of special note - Val and Lynn; Home Instead caregiver, Sandy; Dr. Violetta Minca; and the many friends from the Green Bay North Kingdom Hall.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 3 p.m. in the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin. Burial will follow in River Valley Memorial Gardens, West Dundee. Visitation will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the funeral home. For information 847-741-8800 or visit www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on June 26, 2013
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