Walter M. Swyers

November 3, 1921October 16, 2013

Walter M. Swyers, age 91 of Albion passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at his residence with his loving family present. Walter was born November 3, 1921 to Fred and Zenith (Stahl) Swyers in Floodwood, Ohio. On September 22, 1973 he Married Caroline E. Kreger who survives. Walter served his country during WWII in the Army. He was a professional wrestler in his younger days “the Masked Marvel” in the 50’s and he was the certified athletic trainer at Albion College for 29 years. He was the owner of Spectacle Lake Outdoor Club. He often played Santa Clause and was a Albion City Santa for 30+ years. Walter is survived by: Wife- Caroline Swyers of Albion Daughters- Linda (Phil) Barry of Salem, AR Beverly (Ron) Williams of Texas Sheila (Frank) Woodard of Battle Creek Janet Curtis of Lakeland, FL Son- Harry (Margie) Swyers of Amery, WI Many grandchildren and great grandchildren He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters; 4 brothers and son-in-law Mike Curtis.

According to his wishes, Cremation has taken place and there will be a Memorial Service held Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Drive, Albion, Michigan 49224 with Rev. Tom Sagendorf officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be at 10:00 A.M. until time of service. Memorial Contributions can be made to: Albion College Athletic Dept.(Traning Room), 611 E. Porter Street, Albion, MI 49224


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Barb Osburn

October 24, 2013

Prayers and thoughts are with you.

October 23, 2013

To Caroline and Family,

Very sorry for your loss. Walt was a mentor to me in my years at Albion. He gave all of us on the football team great confidence and supported all of us in many ways. Will miss him greatly but i know he lived a good long life.

Kevin Nixon

Marion Doone Walsh

October 23, 2013

So many years since I first met the Albion legend. His was no ordinary life. A life well-lived and well loved. All of my family
Including my grandchildren, will miss Walt. Caroline, our hearts go out to you. Walt loved u so very much. We love you!

Matt Reynolds

October 23, 2013

I'd like to thank u for being the best grandpa in the world.he taught me many life lessons. U always have acquaintes but you'll know who your true friends are!! Say hi to dad!! Will miss him dearly!!!

Rick Marx

October 22, 2013

Walt, thank-you for being a friend and mentor. You will always be remembered. Thoughts are with the family.

Bruno Trout

October 22, 2013

Caroline, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time. Walt is definitely leaving a legacy and blessed many people during his life. His legacy and warm spirit lives on in all of us. For our children, the fond memories of Santa. For us, Walt. We were blessed to know him. Much love, Bruno Trout and Family

Daniel & Lynnette Fowler (McCullough)

October 22, 2013

What a great honor to have known Walt & this is a very sad day in both our home town & our Club family. Walt was a wonderful person that always was a great friend to my father & grandfather (Donald (Soup & Lyn McCullough) as well as a family tradition in our family.He def.,knew what family values were & wasn't afraid to express his opinion.The club nor our home town will never be the same w/out him.Caroline,I hold you & the family in our deepest prayers & know I Love You.R.I.P Walt.You def., have lived a very great life that as well have touched so many hearts.You will be greatly missed.

October 22, 2013

My thought and prayers are with you and your family. Walt was always a very special man and I loved him dearly. He will be missed by a lot of people. You two had a special marriage and had a lot of love for each other, cherish all the memories you have.
Love you Always, Barbara (Seitler) Winchell

Chuck Yates

October 20, 2013

My heart goes out to you Caroline, Walt was, and always will be bigger than life to all of those who's lives he has touched throughout his wonderful life!! He was and always will be a true friend of mine, who I will never forget. The 2 of you have always been there for me when I needed someone, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. "Santa" , will always be remembered by my boys! He now is in a better place looking out for you , and keeping you, the family, and all his friends, under his watchful eye. I know he's there watching out for me. Love you both so very much.

Jodi Ford

October 20, 2013

Caroline, I'm so sorry to hear of Walt's passing. I prayer for the strength and comfort of you and the family. Love and prayers.