OBITUARY

Eugene Roy Swallow Jr.

October 1, 1939October 13, 2020
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Eugene Roy Swallow Jr., 81, Shawnee, Kansas passed away October 13, 2020. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 24, 2020 at St. Mary – St. Anthony Church, 615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas 66101. The Holy Rosary will be prayed beginning at 10:30 AM. Inurnment will take place immediately following in Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery.

Eugene was born October 1, 1939 in San Francisco, California to June Vivian (Whitted) and Eugene Roy Swallow Sr. Within three months, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska and at nine years old moved on to Kansas City, Missouri with Eugene’s grandparents behind the KCMO Museum at 32nd & Norledge. At 12 years old, they then moved to Kansas City, Kansas around 81st and Waverly, and attended White Church School.

Eugene was a very happy kid, receiving his first car from his father at age 14. He then went on to attend Washington High School. In 1958, he joined the U.S. Army at 18 years of age and became a Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Artillery, receiving his Wings in August of 1958. He spent almost two years with the 8th Division Airborne Army in Baumholder, Germany and was given the rank of Act. Sergeant until his discharge in 1961.

In 1961, Eugene met his wife to be, Elizabeth while working in a gas station at 79th and Wornall in KCMO. As Eugene was walking out the door to change the gas prices, a car pulled in with 4 ladies in it, as he walked passed it, one of the ladies in the back seat was looking out the window at him and their eyes met. Eugene immediately knew that was the lady he would marry someday. His heart jumped to his throat. After being 2/3 around the world and meeting a lot of ladies, never had he felt this way before. A few weeks later, they had a blind date together and the rest is history. Gosh did Eugene love her then, just as he continued to love her now.

Together they had two daughters, Kelli and Terri; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth in 2018.

Eugene had a bucket list and did a lot of things that he really enjoyed, which included being a Paratrooper with over 26 jumps, traveled around 2/3’s of the world in the Army, made a parachute jump as a civilian, rode a raft down the Snake River in the Tetons, Wyoming, rode a glider over the Rocky Mountains, enjoyed his motorcycle riding through all 48 states within 5 years and over 67,000 miles, rode a 4,000 foot long zip line in Pennsylvania, and journeyed on a hot air balloon in New Mexico.

In Eugene’s words “my life has been full, I`ve savored much, good friends, good times, my loved ones touch. Perhaps to you my time was all to brief, please don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me, I am going to see my LOVE, she has been waiting for me. God knows it’s time. I Love You All!”

  • FAMILY

  • Eugene leaves behind two daughters, Kelli and Terri; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Derek Williams, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jesse Mika, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Pat Saucerman, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Randy White, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brock Williams, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Sullivan Mika, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Rosary

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 24, 2020

Memories

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Jessica Otting

October 24, 2020

For those who don't know me I'm Gene's niece on Aunt Betty's side. I've been racking my brain for my fondest memory of Uncle Gene and I can honestly say I have so many I can't pin point any one single memory. So I'll tell my 3 that pop into my mind the most.

I loved visiting him at his apartment or the park with my doggies & watching KU games. He loved my dog Georgi so much & she'd go crazy happy for him. I'm so glad he got to meet my new pup Gizmo.

Next is one of my earliest memories of Uncle Gene. I remember sitting on his lap. I couldn't be more than 3 and he taught me how to wink with both eyes really fast.

Lastly, was Halloween. Uncle Gene ALWAYS made Halloween so fun for my sisters and me. He succeeded in scaring me so many times. 😊

I love you so much Uncle Gene. You are missed so much but I know you are finally reunited with your true love again and that puts my heart at peace.

Love, Jessi

Joe Kessler

October 23, 2020

Gene was a fantastic person. We had many discussions about motorcycle adventures. He will be missed by everyone.

Jerry Patton

October 23, 2020

I met Gene early in my career. He taught me plenty. He always had a smile and always, always greated everyone with that smile and a "good morning". He was a true friend outside of work as well. My son still talks of the time when Gene took him fishing at the age of 10. That was 25 years ago. Rest in Peace Gene. The world is a better place because of you.

Kevin Barnes

October 19, 2020

Gene was a special coworker and friend. He was always happy to lend an ear, give a piece of helpful advice, or tell you the latest story about his kids or grandkids. I kept in touch with him after he retired from GM and from being a supplier representative, and he always sounded upbeat and happy on the phone. Most recently, we talked during the Covid quarantine, and he was making plans to get back out and get his own place. I guess God had different plans, and called him home to be with Betty.
God Bless you Gene Swallow.

Jesse Mika

October 18, 2020

R.I.P. we will miss you. Our kids will miss Samantha bringing the kids over to see you. I am glad to have gotten to know you after meeting Sam. Even tho first time you met me you sounded like you wanted to rip my head off by saying "Who is this!" lol. Thanks for all the fun times we had with the family. Cheers to you.

Tim thomas

October 16, 2020

I worked with Gene as well for many years and was always willing to help in any way he could and always greeted you with a smile. Sympathies to the family.

Wayne Carpenter

October 15, 2020

I worked many years with Gene. He was a wonderful person to be around. I have many kind memories of him. May he Rest In Peace. The Family will be in our prayers.
Wayne & Shari Carpenter

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Halie tandum jumped from a plane on her 18th birthday. Dad pinned her with one of his jump pins

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Halie tandum jumped from a plane on her 18th birthday. Dad pinned her with one of his jump pins

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Bucket list- Ride really fast in the vet

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Dad at the NRA convention holding a Tommy gun

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