Louis SWINGER

Louis W. Swinger

EDINBURG, IL - Louis W. Swinger, 93, passed away on February 5, 2014, at 5:23 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill. He was born on Sept. 4, 1920, in Jacksonville, Ill., the son of Alfred G. and Agnes (Vasey) Swinger. He was a retired farmer.

Mr. Swinger studied accounting at Milliken University before entering the U.S. Air Corps. Captain Swinger served as a B-17 Bombardier in missions over Europe during WWII. He set a record for completing of 50 missions within a three-month period. Following his service he married Mary Ola Gresham of Atwater, Calif., on Aug. 23, 1944; she preceded him in passing in 1996. In 1945 he returned to farm with his father in Morrisonville; then moved to Edinburg to work the farm that continues to be operated by his family. For many years he was a District Manager for the Bear Hybrid Seed Corn Company. During his life in Edinburg Mr. Swinger was an active participant in the Edinburg Methodist Church, sporting activities, Blueville Masonic Lodge #647 A.F. & A.M., the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department and the Edinburg Lions Club. Mr. Swinger was a lifelong member of the Christian County Farm Bureau and a member of the Illinois Farmers Union. He also served on the Mechanicsburg Farmers Co-op Board.

He is survived by his children, Gary Swinger, of Pleasant View, Tenn., Marsha (David) Curry, of Marissa, Ill., Marla (Jerry) Dewhirst, of Mahomet, Ill., Robert (Deborah) Swinger, of Edinburg, Ill., and Maureen (Jeffery) Koppelman, of Columbia, Mo.; sixteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in passing by his parents; his loving wife, Ola; granddaughter, Anna Dewhirst; and brothers, Jack and George Swinger.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014,at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, Ill. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at the Edinburg United Methodist Church. The body will lie-in-state from 1-2 p.m. Rev. Ray Radae will officiate the services. Burial will be in Morrisonville Cemetery, Morrisonville, Ill.

Memorials may be made to: Edinburg United Methodist Church in memory of Louis Swinger, 102 W. Douglas St., Edinburg, IL 62531.

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, IL.

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Funeral Home

Sutton Memorial Home
327 North Clay Street Taylorville, IL 62568
(217) 824-2275

Published in The State Journal-Register from Feb. 7 to Feb. 8, 2014