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Gary R. Swanson - 74

5/29/1945 - 9/5/2019


    Gary R. Swanson age 74 of Colchester, passed away, Thursday, September 5, 2019, at OSF in Peoria, Illinois.  He was born May 29, 1945, in Macomb to Orville and Mabel Walker Swanson.  Gary was united in marriage November 1, 1975, in Colchester, to Zelma Roberts, she survives of Colchester.

    Surviving to mourn his passing are 1 Son: Billy Oliver, McDonough, Georgia, 3 Daughters: Cindy (Stephen) Taylor, Macomb, Leanne (Sam) Stephenson, Manteno, Illinois, Angie Reeves, Colchester, 8 Grandchildren: Blaine (Amber) Oliver, Mason Oliver, Bailee (Brian) Moore, Charlee Taylor, Tanner ( Ashleigh) Carson, Georgie Carson, Taylor Reeves, Rylie Reeves, 5 Great Grandchildren: Camreigh Moore, Hadley Burford, Bentley Oliver, Braelyn Reeves, and one on the way.

    Gary was preceded in death by his parents, 2 Brothers: Bob Swanson, Pude Swanson, and Twin sisters at birth.

    Gary was in the United States Navy during Vietnam.  He had worked at Cooper Industries, Arnold Brothers, Western Illinois University, owned and operated Porters Arcade and Billiards, and the Everly house, where he became very close to the residents and staff.  Gary enjoyed being outdoors, where he fished, hunting mushrooms and gardening.  He also enjoyed bowling and playing cards with his friends in the garage. Gary loved to play pranks on his family and friends, His greatest love of all was the time he spent with his family.

    Cremation rites have been accorded. A family Graveside service will be held at a later date.  Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handling arrangements for the family.  A memorial is to St. Judes Children's Hospital and can be sent to Jones Mortuary, Box 352, Colchester, Illinois, 62326. Online Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com


Family Graveside service will be held at a later date


  • Michael Biswell

    on 09/06/19

    I have no Idea what to say but everybody that knew Gary Swanson Knew one hell of a guy.

    Gary you will be Missed!

  • Renae Earls

    on 09/07/19

    I love you Uncle Gary ❤️ one of the best Angel I know
  • Renae Earls

    on 09/07/19

    I love you Uncle Gary ❤️ one of the best Angel I know
  • Rod Featherlin

    on 09/09/19

    My condolences on the loss of your loved one. I worked with Gary at Cooper's and also the university, he was a fun person to work with.

  • Kelly (Downing) Sturek

    on 09/10/19

       My condolences to the family. I knew Gary from working at WIU, he was a wonderful man. Just remember that he’s now up playing cards and playing pranks with family and friends.  

  • Mike and Carol Jones

    on 09/10/19

    Our sincerest condolences to Leanne and all of Gary's family. Praying God provides comfort to each of you.

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