OBITUARY

David E. Swyer, Jr.

25 March, 19308 January, 2021
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David E Swyer, aged 90, passed away unexpectedly from Covid in January. He attended Paseo High School. He graduated from high school in May of 1947 and joined the US Navy in July of 1947 as a hospital medical corpsman. He was stationed in Long Beach. CA Naval hospital for a year and a half after which he was transferred to sea duty and served on the USS Topeka and later the USS Helena. Both of these ships were large cruisers. Being in the medical corps was one of the many highlights of his life. He was discharged in 1950 as a WWII veteran. Shortly after his Navy discharge, he attended the University of Kansas City for two years and then transferred to St. Benedict’s college in Atchinson, KS. David worked for the Social Security Administration until he retired. He was a claims authorizer at the time of his retirement. David was an amazing Father and Grandpa. Surviving David are his daughters Monique Swyer of Savannah, GA and Danielle McMahon of Leawood, KS as well as many beloved cousins. Also surviving David is his beloved grandson, Quinn McMahon, who has been a great source of happiness to David. David laughed his way through life and his motto was “kill them with kindness”. He and his grandson Quinn loved watching the Chiefs together as well as treasure hunting and golfing. David was also especially fond of his friends with whom he shared coffee and many great conversations with. He had many friends from Saint Michael’s and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He also had some wonderful friends in the Priesthood. He found his best friend John at Villa Saint Joseph and the two of them had a great time together for the past couple years. He treasured all of his friends and David will be missed deeply by his friends, cousins , daughters and Grandson Quinn.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, 28 January , 2021

  • Burial with Military Honors

    Thursday, 28 January , 2021

Memories

David E. Swyer, Jr.

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Monique Swyer

27 January 2021

We could always count on our Dad for a lot of laughs. Every time we talked, we would be laughing the whole time. You could always count on him to be easy going and light-hearted – and ready with a joke. He kept saying he was going to write a book of jokes.
One of my favorite memories was volunteering at the Paralympics together in Atlanta. It was an amazing trip together. We were especially impressed with the quadruple amputees who could swim like dolphins. Can you imagine jumping in a pool of water with no arms and no legs? You would think you would just sink. These brave athletes made a lifelong impression on both of us.
One of the biggest Lessons from our Dad – was to do the right thing even if nobody is watching. His faith was fundamental to his life. While he was able, he went to mass every morning, he prayed constantly, he didn’t eat meat on Fridays, went to confession, he honored his Lenten promises – which was always not eating sweets. If you knew my Dad – you knew ice cream was one of his favorites! It wasn’t about being “seen” doing right, he just did what his faith prescribed. He was a true man of faith and we are sure he is enjoying heaven.

We will miss you and your wonderful sense of humor Dad!

Danielle McMahon

26 January 2021

The lessons of life that my Dad taught me are difficult to sum up in a short paragraph but I’ll try. He taught me that we are all just walking through this life in body suits, it does not matter if your green, white, black, blue, rich, or poor, what matters is what is on the inside, our soul. Our time on earth is but just a tiny speck in eternity. How we live here will dictate our eternity in heaven. He taught me to live by the 10 commandments, to always pray as I am never alone.. He taught me to always be real, to be kind, to be humble and to be selfless. He truly lived by these values and was very close to Sainthood in my eyes.
One funny example I often think of to give an example of who my Dad was is when he won a Sebring Convertible after entering a giveaway from Chrysler. He won a beautiful convertible and much to their surprise he told the dealership that it was way too fancy and flashy and he did not want it. They ended up giving him a minivan instead. I have a picture of this somewhere but have not located it yet..

Frank & Sue Maschler

26 January 2021

David was, indeed a true friend...always happy to visit with you...always with a smile... He came to visit us in Oregon and was one of the first to welcome us when we returned. He loved it when Frank brought him candy bars...even tho he knew they were not so good for him. We missed our visits when Covit hit...but continued to speak of our good times and remembered him in our prayers...

Rita Lasuzzo

26 January 2021

My mom, Betty King, always talked about Cousin Dave. He would call her to touch base. Mom passed away January 6th due to Covid. They are celebrating in heaven.

John Johnston

13 January 2021

David lived across from me at St Joseph Place. We met at the dinner table July 29, 2019, my first day living there. We quickly became best friends. He made my living there so much easier. We would sit and talk and laugh about many things but each time we would usually end up talking about Jesus Christ our Savior. We shared a deep love for our Savior. I miss our talks so much.

After dinner I would wheel over to his room and say, "let's go David". He would say, "for ice cream? " "yes ice cream". We would then head for the kitchen talking with all the nurses on the way there and back.

The memory and love for David will always be in my heart and I look forward to the day I leave this world and see David again and I can praise the Lord with him.