Ever Rest Funeral Home and Cremation Chapel

1783 East Keating Ave, Muskegon, MI


Stanley C. Swears

January 27, 1929March 15, 2020

Stanley C. Swears, 91, passed away peacefully at Christian Care Center on Sunday, March 15, 2020. He was the first born of Marcella A. (Jorissen) Swears on January 27, 1929.

Stan was a lifelong resident of Muskegon County and enjoyed working on the family farm in Weare, Michigan. At 17, he joined the Army and was stationed in Washington State as a troop transport truck driver. When returning home, he started working at Anaconda Wire & Cable in the research lab. In his time off, he enjoyed bowling and met the love of his life, Beverly L. Palmer. They married on July 18, 1953. He was raised in the Catholic Church, and his faith was very important to him. He attended St. Mary’s of the Woods Chapel and volunteered for many functions. Stan took care of the needs of the church as the maintenance person and jack-of-all-trades.

Stan is survived by his wife of 66 years, Beverly, along with their seven children: daughters, Debbie Chatfield, Denise Felt, Deanna Stevens (Dan Adsit), Dawn Burrington (Tony Burrington), Alyson Swears, and sons, Steven Swears and Stan (Dawn) Swears Jr. He is also survived by their 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Surviving also are his sister, Kathleen St. Amour, brother, Burrell Swears, sister-in-laws, Janice Swears and Barbara Grennan, along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marcella Swears, and his brother, Marvin Swears.

A celebration of Stan’s life will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church (1110 Dykstra Rd, North Muskegon, MI 49445) at 11am with a visitation an hour prior. Stan will be laid to rest in Sunrise Memorial Gardens (2188 Remembrance Dr, Muskegon, MI 49442). In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the family for a memorial fund in Stanley’s name to Life Circles PACE of Muskegon.

Stan was lovingly cared for by various doctors, nurses, aides and bus drivers at both Life Circles and Christian Care Center. Heartfelt thanks to all of them! Please visit www.everrestfuneralhomeandchapel.com to leave a message or memory for the Swears family. To ensure the safety of families, guests, and staff, Ever Rest Funeral Home and the Prince of Peace Catholic Church is adhering to state guidelines and limiting gatherings to 50 people. Please call the funeral home at 231-777-3557 or the family with any questions.

A private memorial service was held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Muskegon on Friday, March 20, 2020. Interment followed at Sunrise Memorial Gardens in Muskegon with full military honors.


  • William Smith
  • Erik Brown
  • Bernie Carey
  • Ethan Felt
  • Evan Felt
  • Austin Smith

  • Donations to the Family
  • LifeCircles PACE Muskegon


  • Visitation Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Friday, March 20, 2020


Stanley C. Swears

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March 28, 2020

To the entire Swears family from the Petrick family. Please know we are all keeping you in our thoughts and prayers and you can be assured God is holding Stan in the palm of his hand.

Margatette Webber

March 25, 2020

My favorite memory of Stan was when I asked him, "what was the best day of your life?" He looked thoughtful for a moment and said, "well, my wedding day!" I was so touched by his answer, but as time went by I came to know his beautiful bride Beverly, and understood why Stan's answer came so easily.

I will cherish every lunch time we spent together, every song he sang along to, every dance I saw him enjoy, but most of all, I will cherish the memories of his smile, the touch of his hand on mine, and the twinkle in his eye as he spoke of his beloved Bev.

Kathy Lee

March 21, 2020

Bev & Familly, I am so sorry to hear of your loss! After attending St. Mary's of the Woods for a few years Stan and I learned we were related. I believe I brought my Mom to the annual chicken dinner and they saw each other. I was never Kathy after that-he always called me "cuz"! What a nice nice man!❤️🙏😢

Steve and Theresa Stark

March 21, 2020

Bev and Swears family we have numerous memories of Stan. But most important how he help Steve build our house on Benston Rd. Working with Stan was not work it was a pleasure, he was a great teacher he taught me numerous things. We were blessed to have known Stan

The Stark family

Matt Millard

March 21, 2020

My prayers are with the Swears family. I have very fond memories of helping Stan at St Mary’s of the Woods when I was a child. He lead the way when the new rectory was built and I spent a lot of time fetching whatever he and the guys needed. He was always a caring and thoughtful man and a true joy to be around. The world needs more people like Stan. May God bless his soul and bring him Home.

Jean Dresen

March 20, 2020

Dear Swears family, I am so sorry to hear about Stans passing. He was such a kind man. Will have you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jean Dresen

Margarita Contreras

March 19, 2020

Stanley was the sweetest, he always had a smile and was always goofy! There was never a dull moment at work. I think one of the best memories I’ll always carry with me is when I took my 4 year old son to the Halloween party. Stan was handing out candy and my son walked up to him and Stanley very gently touched my sons hair and face and said “you’re a beautiful boy” and then handed him some M&Ms. They both talked for a little while and that absolutely melted my heart, as my son never got to meet my grandfathers. Stanley never failed to make me smile a smile that brighten the room from a far, he will be missed by us all at Christian Care.
May he Rest In Peace.

megan crane

March 19, 2020

Stan was one of my favorite residents. Even though i only knew him around six months since starting my job at christian care, he had such an positive impact on my job. His smile and goofiness lit up the room and he could always make me smile. Stan proved to me that dementia couldn’t take away his goofy personality and the ability to make someone laugh. I hope to have a love like his and beverly’s someday. I am so sorry for your loss. Stanley left a impact on me and hopefully my future nursing career in geriatrics.
megan crane

Ruth Vanderstelt

March 19, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I remember your dad when we were kids - he was such a nice man. I also remember listening to story after story of life in the Swears household. You were all blessed with a warm, loving, lively family. Prayers for you all - Ruth Ames Vanderstelt

Deanna Stevens

March 19, 2020

My dad was a man who lived his faith and taught me and my siblings to work hard and to love others unconditionally. Dad never hesitated to help anyone, especially his children. He truly was a Jack of all trades. He could fix the cars to remodeling projects or building a house. I loved my walk in the woods with dad looking for deer sign, finding an area to hunt. A fishing trip or a canoe adventure down the river. So many memories I will cherish. I will miss dad so very much, but I know I will see him again. Praise God.