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Obituary for Gerald Merle Swander

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Gerald Merle Swander

December 22, 1930 - December 11, 2015

Our loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, Gerald Merle Swander, (Jerry), passed away peacefully at his home on December 11, 2015. He was born December 22, 1930, in Auburn, Indiana, to Wilbur Estes Swander and Gertrude Adeline Maurer.


After graduating from St. Joe High School in Indiana, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.  During his assignment to the Military Police Squadron, he rode the Union Pacific Railroad trains from Omaha to Ogden.  It was at the Ogden Union Station snack bar where he met Zana Barnard.  They eventually married on June 10, 1952, in Ogden and were later sealed as a family in the Swiss Temple on February 15, 1969.


During the 26 years that he served in the Air Force, he received several assignments.  He and his family had the opportunity to see many parts of the world.  While stationed in Germany, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He was a faithful and dedicated member, serving in many positions.  He retired from Tinker Air Force Base in 1975 and moved his family to Ogden, Utah.


He loved family, God and his country.  His hobbies included fishing, gardening, watching game shows and eating at buffets.


Jerry is survived by his five children:  Alaina (Evan) Gibson, North Ogden; Kimberly (Wes) Johnstun, North Ogden; Kelvin (Julie) Swander, Taylor; Zaric “Zeke” (Monica) Swander, Uintah; and Darla (Andy) Hartmann, Fruit Heights; 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Velvet Cope, Riverdale; and Shirley Hungerford, Ogden; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his eternal companion, Zana; his parents and siblings:  Winifred Peters, Wilbur (Bo) Swander, Florine Strong, June Swander, Marcel Swander, Beverly Parker and Garnet Dirr.


Funeral services will be held Friday, December 18,  2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Coldwater Stake Center, 770 East 2100 North, North Ogden.  A Viewing will be held Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah and on Friday from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. at the church.


Interment will be at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


The family would like to express our deep appreciation to all of the medical staff, friends and neighbors for the care and kindness shown to our father in his times of need.


In lieu of flowers, hug your loved ones and donate to your favorite charity.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

Service Information

Date: Friday, December 18, 2015

Time: 11:00 am -

Coldwater Stake Center, 770 East 2100 North, North Ogden

Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. at the church.



Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, December 18, 2015

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Born: December 22, 1930
Died: December 11, 2015

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The Tenbrinks posted on 12/19/15

What a wonderful couple came into our lives when they moved across the street to Albert and Sindy. Good times were shared by them just walking down the street to visit. We loved your jolly Dad and Mom and are glad they are together again. Would have joined you for the service had we not moved so far away. Grateful to have connected with you this past week. Peace, now, we hope you can feel.


Barry Parker posted on 12/18/15

I"m saddened of the passing of my Uncle Hoover. I will always remember his laugh and warming smile. Deepest condolences to all my cousins.Wishing all 0f you a blessed Christmas and a better NewYear.


Cathy and Ron Paakanen posted on 12/17/15

Please accept our sincerest condolences in the passing of your loved one. Gerry was a great neighbor and friend and we will surely miss him.


Mark & Tammy Sacco posted on 12/17/15

We are very saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. Please know our love and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. We loved your Dad! He is and will continue to be a great man. I came across this quote, and since he loved gardening, I thought I would share it with you. "One day, a son asked his father, "Why is it always the best people who die?' The father answered, 'Son, if you are in a meadow, which flowers do you pick? The worst ones or the best?'" - Author Unknown Jerry is one of the best. Now, he is with your sweet Mom and we hope you can find comfort in knowing they are together again. Regretfully, due to prior commitments, we will not be able to attend the services, but please know we are thinking of you all and sending our love. Mark & Tammy Sacco


Lori Custer posted on 12/17/15

Uncle Hoover was very special! Although we did not know him well when we were young, I can remember him and the family traveling around the world! Hoover and Mom had a special "Brother and Sister" bond and I can remember them laughing so much at old times. I cannot believe how much they looked alike as they got older. A lot of good memories. My sympathy to all and I will hold you close in my heart! Lori