Gerald B. Swearingen, 81, of Jacksonville, passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 5, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Dec. 3, 1931, in Rocky Ford, Colo., the son of James Beverly and Hazel Florence Steffens Swearingen.
He is survived by one son, Eric (wife, Kathleen) Swearingen of Oceanside, Calif.; two daughters, Morgana (husband, Bob) Rhys of Montana and Stephanie (husband, James) Blocker; four grandchildren, Tamrin, Jaclyn, James D. and Sara; one brother, Lowell (wife, Joan) Swearingen of Taylorville; one sister, Oueda Fairfield of Jacksonville; and five nieces and nephews, Ron Fairfield, Dan Fairfield, Kathy Hilligoss, Ed Fairfield and Chas Swearingen.
Mr. Swearingen retired as commander from the U.S. Navy, where he served during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church where he was affectionately known as the "Hugger." He was very involved with the planning of his Jacksonville High School reunions. He was an avid shell collector and enjoyed planting and caring for his many trees. He loved his family very much.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Centenary United Methodist Church New Building Fund. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue Jacksonville, IL 62650
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Oct. 9, 2013