William "Bill" Eugene Swango

February 2, 1938March 3, 2018

William “Bill” Eugene Swango, 80 of Sandusky, Indiana passed away with family by his side on March 3, 2018. Bill was born on February 2, 1938 in rural Decatur County, the son of Charles and Ethel (Lewis) Swango. He attended Greensburg Schools then moved to Clarksburg. It was at Clarksburg High School where he met his high school sweetheart Phyllis Jones, and they graduated together in 1956. On April 5, 1958 they were married at Clarksburg Christian Church, this would have been their 60th wedding anniversary.

Bill was a lifelong Decatur County farmer. He farmed along with his father and 2 brothers, then later with his nephew – PJ Swango. He also worked at Delta Faucet and Decatur County Soil and Water Conservation. He always enjoyed music, dancing and a good card game – he played cards with family, at Chippy’s (men and children only allowed) in New Point, the Sandusky Mill or Richardson’s Barn. He moved a tenant house through their fields from another farm to his current farm and lived for 45 years. He was a member of the Clarksburg Christian Church, Investment Club and Tuesday Night Card Club.

Survivors include his wife Phyllis; five daughters – Denise “Dee” (Dan) Knueven, Joan “Joni” Schmidter, Amy Hicks, Suzanne (Mark) Parmer, and Belinda “Billi” (Chad) Bruner; and his baby sister Sue Kitchin-Reed; nine grandchildren which he lovingly nicknamed each: Alicia (Brian) Beck “Rabbit”, Erik Knueven “Ox”, Layne Grimes “Frog”, Grant Bruner “Tadpole”, Cole Parmer “Turtle”, Sidney Parmer “Ladybug”, Abigail Schmidter “Bunny”, Clayton Schmidter “Puppy” and William Hicks “Catfish” and one great granddaughter Aria Beck “Button”. Sister-in-laws: Helen Swango, Fae Swango, Carol Hilbert and Brother-in-laws: Bob Jones and David (Kim) Jones. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and Phyllis’s parent’s – Walter and Flossie Jones, his two brothers Charles “Tom” Swango, Howard “Sis” Swango and niece Carol Swango-Wilson.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 8, 2018 also at the funeral home with Rev. Jerran Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at Rossburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarksburg Christian Church or Clarksburg Fire Department. Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Charles Swango, Father
  • Ethel Swango, Mother
  • Phyllis Swango, Wife
  • Denise "Dee" (Dan) Knueven, Daughter
  • Joan "Joni" Schmidter, Daughter
  • Amy Hicks, Daughter
  • Suzanne (Mark) Parmer, Daughter
  • Belinda "Billi" (Chad) Bruner, Daughter
  • Alicia "Rabbit" (Brian) Beck, Grandchild
  • Erik "Ox" Knueven, Grandchild
  • Layne "Frog" Grimes, Grandchild
  • Grant "Tadpole" Bruner, Grandchild
  • Cole "Turtle" Parmer, Grandchild
  • Sidney "Ladybug" Parmer, Grandchild
  • Abigail "Bunny" Schmidter, Grandchild
  • Clayton "Puppy" Schmidter, Grandchild
  • William "Catfish" Hicks, Grandchild
  • Aria "Button" Beck, Great Granddaughter
  • Sue Kitchin-Reed, Sister
  • Helen Swango, Sister-in-law
  • Fae Swango, Sister-in-law
  • Carol Hilbert, Sister-in-law
  • Bob Jones, Brother-in-law
  • David (Kim) Jones, Brother-in-law
  • Walter Jones, Father-in-law
  • Flossie Jones, Mother-in-law
  • Charles "Tom" Swango, Brother
  • Howard "Sis" Swango, Brother
  • Carol Swango-Wilson, Niece
  • Bill is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

  • Mark Parmer
  • Dan Knueven
  • Chad Bruner
  • Layne Grimes
  • Erik Knueven
  • Cole Parmer
  • PJ Swango

  • Clarksburg Christian Church
  • Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 8, 2018

William "Bill" Eugene Swango

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Paul & Susie Cuskaden

March 8, 2018

Phyllis & family, we are sorry to hear about Bill, we are sorry for your loss.

Don Polston

March 8, 2018

I thank Bill's family so much for listening to my memories going back 72 years when we were 8 years old. There has been times when we had not see each other for over 30 years, however when we would see each other it was a great time.

Some friendships last a long time, Bill and my friendship lasts forever.

Gary and Cindy Beard

March 7, 2018

Thinking of all of you with deepest sympathy.

Daryl and Carol Tressler

March 7, 2018

We mourn the loss of a great neighbor. We and my Father Wilbur express our deepest sympathy to the family.

Ed Budd

March 6, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Remember the good times and laughs as they will be with you forever.

Jim and Patty Lawrence

March 6, 2018

Phyllis and Family;
We were sure sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Husband , Father, and Grandfather.
Bill was a very friendly and loving person. He always seemed so Happy and joking around.
We had great times together when you guys lived near New Point.
We knew he wasn't well, but he will suffer no more, resting with his creator.
Jim and Patty

Tammy Sidell

March 4, 2018

He never walked passed me without speaking and giving me a smile!!!

Jeff and Stacy Shouse

March 4, 2018

Deepest sympathy to your family on the loss of your Father.

Brad & Angi Speer

March 3, 2018

Thoughts and prayers to Phyllis and the entire family.