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Gary R. Swanson - 74

5/29/1945 - 9/5/2019

Colchester

    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

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