William “Bill” L. Swan, 96, of Hoopeston, passed away at 8:35 AM Friday, April 9th, 2021, at his home.
Bill was born on September 1st, 1924, in Blanchard Michigan, the son of Arthur and Theda (Allen) Swan. He married Beverly Hutchinson on August 17th, 1946, in Blanchard Michigan. She preceded him in death January of 1998. He later married Marguerite “Marg” Shoufler on June 22nd, 2002, in Hoopeston. She survives.
He is also survived by three daughters-Starane (Dan) Crandell of Charlevoix, MI, Gailee (Casey) Wilkins of Mt. Pleasant, MI and Kimi (Denny) Munger of West Branch, MI; two step-children- Marsha (Richard) Woodard of Danville and Herb (Shari) Shoufler of Mason, Ohio; seven grandchildren- Kathy (Godfrey) Abuya, Sherry (Steve) Kujawa, Jennifer (Charlie) Cline, Katelyn (Sean) Carey, Justin Munger, Kara (Keith) Osmond and Carly Munger; four step-grandchildren- Sara Woodard, Ashley (David) Knecht, Tiffany Dimmick and Samantha Shoufler; fourteen great-grandchildren; brother-in-law- Martin Simon of Canton, MI; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father- Arthur Swan, mother-Theda Earl, wife- Beverly Swan, brothers- James and Donald Swan, sister-in-law’s- Lois Simon and Mary Swan, and great-granddaughter- Kennedy Osmond.
Bill graduated from Blanchard High School, in 1943. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946, spending time in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Bill began working at Leonard Refinery in 1948, at Mount Pleasant, MI and later Total Refinery, in Alma Michigan, until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Hoopeston First Christian Church and Hoopeston American Legion. Bill enjoyed playing solitaire, reading, fishing, camping, traveling, and loved dancing. He also enjoyed playing with his grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, at the Blurton Funeral Home, in Hoopeston. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Bill's name to the land of Lincoln Honor Flight, 57 Country Place, Springfield, Illinois 62703 or to the donor’s choice. He will be laid to rest following funeral services in Michigan, at Pine River Cemetery, in Blanchard Michigan. The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Bill's life. Condolences may be sent to the family on Bill's everlasting memorial page at www.blurtonfuneralhomes.com.
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