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.
We lived across the street from Bill and Lila on Hillview for 23 years. They were wonderful neighbors and a great couple. I think of them fondly everytime I look across the street at their house. I hope all of your memories will help at this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Many fond memories of Aunt Lila and Uncle Bill. Prayers for the family. Jesus gave people the assurance of a resurrection of the righteous and unrighteous. That gives all of us great hope. We are sure we will see them both again. Much love to all the family, Duane
My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in knowing that God through Christ will awaken those asleep in death. Job 14:14,15 Acts 24:15 John chapter 11