Memorial services for Earl Wesley “Bill” Swanner, 85, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, KS. Burial will be held at a later date at Hartford Cemetery, Hartford, KS. He died on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Hickory Pointe Care & Rehabilitation Center in Oskaloosa.
Earl was born on June 24, 1926 in Ottawa, KS, the son of John Wesley and Marvel Elisabeth (Stebbins) Swanner.
He was raised on a farm, then worked in construction and worked in welding before he retired.
He was married to Lila Baysinger on July 28, 1945 in Hutchinson, KS. She preceded him in death on July 31, 2010.
Survivors include three daughters, Rita Hardesty, Oskaloosa, KS, Jo Fietkau, Lee Summit, MO, Jan Klienow, Edwardsville, KS; Five grandchildren, Marlena Bleil, Kirsti Petesch, Jason Harris, Erin Brown, Travis Klienow; eight great grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Lowe, Emporia, KS. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marvel CiAnne; and one sister, Marie Roehrman.
The family will greet friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the Kansas Specialty Dog Service (KSDS) (train service and seeing eye dogs) and may be sent in care of the mortuary.