Williamsport - James "Jim" W. Swarner, Jr., 75, Williamsport, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 6:36 p.m. at his home following an illness with cancer.
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Jim was born in Indianapolis, on May 27, 1937. He was the son of the late James Winfred and Francis Louise (Johnson) Swarner. He was raised in Williamsport, graduating from Williamsport High School. He would later attended Ivy Tech, ICS and Danville Junior College. Following graduation, Jim entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from July 1955 until his honorable discharge in August of 1959. At the time of his discharge he had attained the rank of PFC. Following his discharge, he moved to Attica and began working at C&D Power Systems in Attica for 16 years. He later moved to Perth, Ontario, Canada, where he served as Plant Manager for C&D. He worked for C&D in Perth for 21years, retiring in 1993. Following his retirement he moved back to Williamsport where he was presently residing.
Jim was a member of the Sterling Christian Church; member of the Pine Village Lodge # 315 F. & A.M.;Life member of the V.F.W. Post # 3318 of Attica; member of the Williamsport American Legion Post # 259; Life member of the 3rd Marine Division Association; member of the 823 Badge of Honor Association, USA. He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed hunting.
Jim married Barbara Jean Davis on September 12, 1959 in the Williamsport Christian Church.
Jim leaves behind his wife, Barbara, of 53 years; his children, Wanda J. (Jim) Martin, Williamsport; Shelby Kay Bunch, Lafayette; Bonnie L. (Robert) Childress, Attica; Shelia G. (John) Binz, West Lafayette and Calvin "Butch" J. (Terri) Swarner, Otterbein; his sister, Mary Jane (Charles) Robertson, Williamsport; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; special friends, Jim May, Attica and Art Cota, Tichborne, Ontario, Canada. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Troy Childress.
Friends may call at the Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 5 - 8 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Locust Grove Cemetery, near Ambia.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Area Sharing Kindness (ASK) or the Sterling Christian Church.
Condolences may be sent on line to www.mausfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from November 5 to December 4, 2012