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Swim, LeRoy A.

LeRoy A. Swim, 82, Green Bay, died peacefully at home Thursday, July 31, 2014. He was born April 11, 1932, in Crandon to Leslie and Edna (Crum) Swim. He grew up in the Lena/Oconto Falls area and attended Lena High School where he was Captain of the football team and a scholar athlete. He graduated from Lena High School in 1950.

Even before graduating, he joined the Army National Guard (Company C, 1st Brigade, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division in Oconto), with special permission in 1950 at age 17. His leadership abilities earned him the rank of Master Sargent four years later in October, 1954. His unit was called into active duty from October 1961-August 1962 during The Berlin Crisis (which was the point in US history where the United States came closest to nuclear annihilation) and was stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. LeRoy was an Army expert marksman and trained a special platoon of men to become sharp shooters on rifles and B-1's.

In 1953, he married his high school sweetheart, Orianne Pelishek. The young couple moved to Green Bay and started their family. He loved and raised six children, proud of their every achievement and often working long hours to support them.

He began work at Christensen Oil Company after graduation in 1950, delivering fuel oil to homes in the Green Bay area and managing their tire service department. In 1973, he joined Klemm Tank Lines, opening the Madison area territory for them, delivering gasoline by semi-truck to filling stations all over southwestern Wisconsin. He went on to become a dispatcher and eventually head of the Safety and Inspection Department for the company. He retired from Klemm's in 1996.

Beginning with his high school football team's trip to Camp Randall Stadium his senior year, LeRoy was a Badger fan for life and enjoyed cheering "his" Badgers on, win or lose. He was also an avid Packer fan, attending games at both East Stadium and Lambeau Field, supporting the team throughout his life. He loved the outdoors, ever observant of the changes in nature all around him, and deer hunted and fished the fields and streams of the Oconto area for many years. He was never happier than when he was outdoors.

After he retired, he enjoyed travelling (Ireland, Canada and the sights of the western United States), carpentry projects, painting (especially the gnomes he painted on large, flat lake Superior rocks), gardening (his tomatoes were always his babies), cooking (he had a secret recipe for the best Baked Beans you ever tasted), listening to Irish and Country music in his "man hut" on the balcony, reading westerns and enjoying John Wayne movies.

LeRoy will be especially remember for his kindness, his strong faith in God, devotion to his family and the positive attitude that allowed him to overcome many health adversities during his later years. He had a signature bear hug greeting where only he knew how hard to squeeze you to show his love for you. He had the ability to make everyone feel they were special to him and all felt they were his "favorite," because at that moment, you were. He always noticed how you felt and knew just the right thing to say (or not say) because he listened with both his ears AND his eyes. He was loved by everyone who met him.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Orianne ; his six children, Therese Hoehne (Green Bay); Daniel (Lisanne) Swim (New Milford, CT); Margaret (Dr. Paul) Prevenas (Haiku,HI); Timothy (Mary) Swim (Plover, WI); Christopher (LuAnn) Swim (Golden, CO); Gerard (Susan) Swim (LaCrosse, WI); nine grandchildren ( Chris and Peter Hoehne, Travis, Stephanie and Austin Swim, Elaine Vasquez, Jacob Swim and Lesley and Matthew Swim) and one great-grandson (Rex Swim), sister and brother-in-laws Carol Swim, Phyllis Swim, Rose DeCleene, Walter and Cleo Pelishek and Vivian and Robert Blazek, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Edna, his mother and father-in-law, Henry and Martha Pelishek, two brothers, Eugene (Gene) and Darrell, a baby sister, Patricia and one brother-in-law, Anthony DeCleene.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. There will be a parish wake service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the gathering place at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, 209 S. Adams St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Rev. Andrew Cribben O.Praem. officiating. Full Military Honors will conclude the services. Entombment will be in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. To send on-line condolences visit www.prokowall.com. A memorial fund has been established in his name.

Our family wishes to thank the entire staff at Age Well Assisted Living that took such tender, loving care of him and also the staff from Unity Hospice that provided care for him, too. Words cannot express our gratitude for your kindness and understanding at this sad time in our lives.



Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, 2014
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