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Lewis Swindler Obituary
Lewis H. Swindler, 87, of OKC, passed away Nov. 4, 2009. Upon his death, Lewis was the oldest living retired police officer for OCPD. He was born April 9, 1922 in Grove, OK to James and Samantha Blackfox Swindler. A proud member of the Cherokee Nation, Lewis graduated from Chilocco Indian School in 1942, where he was in Golden Gloves from 1940-1942. He was also a student council member and played for the school's football team. Lewis enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as the 2nd Class Gunner's Mate aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga, an Aircraft Carrier from 1942-1945. During this time, he was awarded 14 Battle Stars. He then served in the Korean Conflict from 1950-1952. Later, he was employed for 21 years with the OCPD, retiring in 1972. He was a Detective with the Vice Squad for 19 years. After his retirement, he was employed by the District Attorney as an Investigator. He was with the D.A.'s office 14 years and retired in 1986 as Chief Investigator. Some of the awards Lewis received include: Lifetime Territorial U.S. Marshal by Gov. Nigh, Commissioned Lifetime Deputy Sheriff by Sheriff, J.D. Sharp, Honorary County Commissioner of OK County, Outstanding Citizenship Award for two years under two governors, Outstanding Retired Officer of the Year in 1985 and 1988, first recipient of the 1981 Outstanding Investigator by the OK District Attorney's Association (he also won this award in 1982), in 1972, Outstanding Investigator by the District Judges of OK County, Purple Heart from the Fraternal Order of Police as a result of having been shot on June 3, 1954, Special Alumni Award for Outstanding Service in 1989 from Chilocco Indian School Alumni, Chilocco Indian School Hall of Fame, 1994. Lewis served as Chaplain for the OK Fraternal Order of Police for 16 years, also serving as Chaplain of the OKC's Lodge #123. He was preceded in death by parents; son, Jimmy Lee Swindler; 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Survived by his high school sweetheart, Edna Lee Swindler, loving wife of 66 years; sons: Patrick Allen Swindler and his son, Patrick Lewis Swindler; Bobby Wayne Swindler and his children, Lucus Wayne Swindler, Brandi Swindler and Britni Swindler; daughter, Dede Bointy-Clayton and husband Billy and their children, Joseph Ellis Bointy, Samantha Bointy and Jeromy Clayton; 5 great-grandchildren and numerous family and friends. Viewing will be 12 Noon-8 PM, today and Sunday, at the funeral home. Services to celebrate his life will be 1:00 PM, Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at Vondel Smith South Colonial Chapel. Friends may leave condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Retired Police Officers Assn., 1624 S. Agnew, OKC, OK 73108. www.vondelsmithmortuary.com

Published in The Oklahoman from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2009
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