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Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery

7777 West 29th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO

OBITUARY

Jan Vincent Swinney

July 9, 1935March 22, 2020

Jan Vincent Swinney passed away at home on Sunday, March 22nd at 84 years old. He was born in Vernon, Texas on July 9th, 1935 to James and Mary Swinney. He moved to Denver where he met Beverly Swinney and they were happily married for 58 years. After time spent on the Denver police force and then the Army, they moved to Arlington Heights, Illinois where they spent the next 25 years for Vince to be an airline pilot for United Airlines, eventually retiring as a 747 Captain. During that time, Vince was active at the Cardinal Drive Church of Christ as its youth minister, and later a deacon and elder. In 1991, Vince and Bev moved to Abilene, Texas where he worked for Abilene Christian University in the College of Business Administration, first in development and later as an adjunct professor. In addition to being active at the school, Vince served as an elder at the Highland Church of Christ and a board member, Chairman of the Board, and Interim President of Herald of Truth Ministries in Abilene. In 2010, Beverly and Vincent returned to Colorado to be closer to family where Vince was able to attend numerous track meets, baseball, basketball and football games to cheer on his grandchildren. Vince’s faith in Jesus was a constant throughout his life. His kindness was a blessing to those around him; from the lives he impacted as a volunteer youth minister, to his time in the classroom at ACU and in his final days at Balfour Assisted Living where he lived for the past 18 months before his passing. Vince is survived by his son, Steve Swinney, his daughter-in-law, Linda, and his grandchildren, Brianna, Josh, and Tyler of Littleton, Colorado. A celebration of Vince’s life will occur later this spring when conditions allow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Herald of Truth Ministries (heraldoftruth.org) or Abilene Christian University (acu.edu). Arrangements under the direction of Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary, Cemetery & Arboretum, Wheat Ridge, CO.

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Vicki Sebela

March 28, 2020

I had the privilege of being taught by Vince in Sunday School at Des Plaines Church of Christ. It was during that time that I shared with him my decision to be baptized. I can still see his beaming smile and brimming tears of joy.
Even at my relatively young age, I realized Vince’s Bible knowledge was impressive. He had a remarkable way of relating biblical lessons to daily life that stayed with you. Vince was always soft spoken but resolute in teaching God’s truth and the importance of obedience to it.
What I remember most, however, was that twinkle in his eyes, a twinkle that stemmed from a soul that was utterly devoted to our Lord and Savior and with whom Vince now shares eternity.
Well done Brother Swinney, and thank you!

Kathy Jones

March 28, 2020

Roy and I have many fond memories of Vince. He and Bev as well as his brother and sister-in-law (Gene and Nita Sweeney) were avid supporters of our mission work in Pohnpei. We enjoyed the times we spent with them in Chicago while we were on furlough. Then, we lived in Abilene the same time they did. We were pleasantly surprised to learn they were in Denver when we moved up here.

After Bev died, I enjoyed visiting with Vince. He missed her and often said he wished he could be with her. Vince often reminisced about times when he was a youth minister. He told stories of his time working with the Herald of Truth. He was truly a great Christian man!

Virginia Millspaugh Meler

March 27, 2020

Vince and I were in high school together in Vernon, Texas. Vince was one of my favorite people. I remember when he was taking lessons while still in high school, learning to fly a very small air plane. We kept up with each other for many years, but after he no longer was on email, I had lost touch. I'll let the members of our high school group know of his passing. There are not many of us left.

Namcy Miller

March 27, 2020

Steve, Linda, and family,
I was blessed to spend many hours with Vince and Beverly when he served as member and President of the Board of Christian Homes of Abilene. He was so supportive and encouraging as he spent much time to giving direction to that growing ministry. I’m so glad God’s plan in their lives brought them to Abilene for a few years. Vince touched and blessed many lives while they were here, and mine was one of them.

Nancy

Monty and Libby Lynn

March 26, 2020

Vince was a gracious mentor to students and colleagues at ACU. He lived his faith and values, investing in people and leaving an unforgettable imprint of kindness, commitment, and outward-facing interest. Vince lived faithfully to Bev and to his callings in his varied vocations and communities of faith. Despite flying high, he was down-to-earth with everyone. He dearly loved you, Steve, Linda, and children. We are so thankful for God's likeness shown through your very special parents and grandparents.

Kathy Dasher

March 26, 2020

Vince had a huge impact on my life. He was an important youth leader when I was a teenager at Cardinal drive Church of Christ in the 1970's. My best friends were church friends and we all loved and respected Vince. I'm so sad that he's gone but his spirit lives on in all of us whose lives he shaped. I'm so grateful I knew him.

Dianne Strickler

March 26, 2020

Dear Steve condolences to you and your family. I knew your family for many years at Cardinal Drive. Admired your Dad and his leadership at the church. So glad to hear he was able to enjoy many happy memories with his grandchildren.
Love, Dianne Strickler

Joy and Ron Tepner

March 26, 2020

Steve, Linda and family

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We always admired and respected your father while we were at Cardinal Drive. You were so blessed to have had him in your lives. Love and prayers to you all.

Val & Brian Huss

March 26, 2020

Swinney Family -

We are so very sorry for your loss. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Val & Brian Huss

Milton Buckelew

March 25, 2020

Vince was an elder at Cardinal Drive church in Rolling Meadows, IL when I was a youth minister there. He was dedicated to his leadership role at the church, and I’m thankful for that, because as a young minister at a new church, I needed a caring shepherd. Vince faithfully supported me and the youth program, often attending functions and trips. His loving spirit was always a comfort. Blessings to you all.

FROM THE FAMILY