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|Robert E. “Bob” Swisher|
|May 30, 1940 - October 29, 2017|
Robert E. “Bob” Swisher, 77, of Salina, passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. He was born May 30, 1940, in Gypsum, to Everett and Lucille (Kitterman) Swisher.
Bob graduated from Gypsum High School in 1958. He served in the Army Reserves from 1957 to 1965 and worked for Kansas Power and Light from 1963 to 1973. He then worked at Schwan's for the next 26 years, starting as a home delivery person and working his way up to regional management. He earned countless awards while employed at Schwan's including Top Salesman of the Year in 1975. His favorite part of his time at Schwan's was always the interactions with the customers. Two of his proudest accomplishments were being a part of developing the Employee Training Center in Marshall, Minn., and introducing Schwan’s to Canada. He retired in 1999.
Bob was always a hard worker, whether it be at the office, at home, in the yard, or in his shop where he repaired and restored multiple old cars. This was a passion of his for most of his life. He was a member of the Thursday Night Cruisers car club. His love for, and knowledge of, these old cars was a joy he shared with his family and friends.
Bob was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Salina, where he enjoyed singing in the Trinity Folk Choir. He treasured his church family, making sure he was front and center for the first service every Sunday.
He is survived by: wife, Fran, of the home; daughter, Lori Christensen of Salina; son, Ryan Swisher of Wichita; Lois Swisher, the mother of his children, of Salina; David Christensen of Adrian, Minn., Katina Swisher of Wichita, Jennifer (Alain) Jobart of San Jose, Calif., Karyn Mueller of Ft Lauderdale, Fla.; grandchildren, Nick and Kaitlyn (Christensen) Edgerton, Kyla Christensen of Boardman, Ohio, Kodee Christensen of Salina, Kameron Swisher of Wichita, Ben and Nico Jobart of San Jose; brother, Eddie (Connie) of Gypsum; sisters, Betty Holcom of Salina, and Sharon Anderson of Lindsborg; sisters-in-law, Kay Swisher of Salina, and Jeanne Swisher of San Benito, Texas; brother-in-law, Bob Henry of Sparks, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews, family, and friends.
Bob was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Del and John; sister, Donna Henry; and brothers-in-law, Jack Holcom and Rodney Anderson.
Celebration of Life will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 901 E Neal, Salina, with Pastor Barry Dundas officiating. Burial will be at Gypsum Valley Cemetery in Gypsum. Visitation will be at Trinity United Methodist Church at 9 a.m., prior to the service. Those who wish are encouraged to share memories.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to any of the four agencies that helped Bob on his journey with ALS: ALS Midwest Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Trinity United Methodist, and Hospice of Salina, in care of Ryan Mortuary, Salina.