Jerry Swanson

February 2, 1941June 24, 2018

Jerry Arthur Swanson, 77, of Independence, MO passed away June 24, 2018. Funeral Service 12:30pm Saturday, June 30th at the McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 11924 E. 47th St., KCMO with visitation beginning at 11am. Burial in Mt. Washington Cemetery.

Jerry A Swanson was born February 2, 1941 and died June 24, 2018. He was on this earth for too short of time but he lived every day to the fullest. He was well known for his practical jokes to the point his friends were reluctant to shake his hand for fear they would get shocked!

He leaves a wife, Jan Rowland Swanson, and children, Sharon (Howard) Handler, Kim (Brian) Kanagawa, Angela Sutcliffe and Jessica (Josh) Bradley. Although not related by blood, he was called dad by Terry Sucliffe and Randy Barnett. He will be missed by his siblings, Marcy Swanson Taylor and Eddie Swanson as well as his stepfather, Wayne Oliver. He also leaves grandchildren, Adriane Ritchie, Nicole Ritchie Bridger, and Kehla Wanninger and great grandchildren, Addison Ritchie, Austin Kost, Ashton Kost , Avery Bridger, Carter Wanninger, Brylie Oxley, and Michael Halcomb.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, June and Forest Swanson, stepfather Ralph Swanson, former wife, Theresa Swanson, and his daughter, Kendra Halcomb.

Jerry worked 35 years as a die cutter at Hallmark making the most complicated greeting cards. He was skilled and meticulous in his work. After “retirement,” he began doing custom construction and remodeling, again with great attention to detail. He had a tremendous work ethic and was never happier than when he was doing a job. He loved shooting pool, riding his Harley, boating, and having great laughs with friends (as a result of Coor’s Light). He was unpredictable and kept us all guessing about what he would do next. He kept us on our toes. He also dearly loved the dogs that were part of his life.

This quote by Hunter S. Thompson describes Jerry well:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!

Arr: McGilley & Sheil Chapel, 816-353-6555.


  • Visitation Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 30, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, June 30, 2018

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Jan Honeyman

June 29, 2018

Although I only met Jerry last year while visiting my sister LINDA Miller who lives next door I thought he was a good guy and very friendly. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May Jerry Rest In Peace. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him.

Ed Clary

June 29, 2018

I will always remember Jerry's kind spirit. Two times he gave me gifts that were out of the kindness of his heart. Once he gave me the jacket off his back just because I said I liked it and one other time he gave me a hammer to replace the one I'd lost on a job just because.

God bless Jerry.

Howard Handler

June 29, 2018

Jerry was my father in law for over 30 years. We enjoyed many great times together and I am left with so many wonderful memories. He helped me in so many ways, he had a big heart and would do anything he could for you. He was a good man, he left this earth way too soon and his presence will be missed. Rest in peace, Jerry!

John Haggerty

June 28, 2018

I’m writing this on behalf of my mom and stepdad, Joe & Crystal Effertz. Joe wants to offer his deepest sympathy to Jan, his lovely wife. Jerry was a true friend, and will be missed by Joe. You will be in our thoughts and prayers, and God bless.

Linda & Larry Miller

June 28, 2018

Jerry was our neighbor and friend for 14 years. We will truly miss his antics, his hearty laugh and his friendship. Jerry was a perfectionist - every job he encountered was done precisely, professionally and beautifully. He was such a hard worker; always busy building, fixing or improving something. Jerry loved his dogs, Katie and Abby, and he loved our dog, Maggie. She loved him, too. Anytime Jerry was out in the yard and Maggie saw him she flew across that green grass right into Jerry's arms! They really loved one another. She, too, will miss greeting her buddy with a wet kiss on the nose. This little verse seems to sum it up nicely...

What made us friends in the long ago when first we met,
Well, I think I know;
The best in me and the best in you,
Hailed each other because they knew,
That always and always since life began,
Our being friends was part of God's plan.

Rest in perfect peace and harmony, dear friend. (Tell Katie and Abby that Maggie says "Woof, woof!")

Kim Doak

June 27, 2018

No words can describe the sadness that I feel of losing my dear dear friend, I have so many priceless memories of your wild antics , you made life and adventure Swanson always pulling funny pranks and jokes always laughing and cutting up ! Everything you did work wise you always did the best that when you gave your word you meant it. There’s a verse in the Bible That says “We will soar with wings like eagles “ I love you, you’ll never be forgotten . Rest In Peace, Kimme your friend and bartender

Don and Neila Crist

June 27, 2018

So very sorry to hear of the loss of a very good friend . May he Rest In Peace