George R. Swan

Apr 8, 2014 Staff

George R. Swan, of Riverton, died Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Help for Health Hospice in Riverton. He was 81 years old.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Military and fireman's last call rites will take place at the service.

George Raymond Swan was born April 3, 1933, in La Porte, Ind., the son of Raymond F. and Caroline Henrietta (Essling) Swan. He grew up in La Porte, graduating from La Porte High School in 1951.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in 1953, jumping with both the 11th and 82nd Airborne Divisions. After being discharged, he entered Valparaiso University where he met Catherine Siler. They married July 28, 1958, in Little Rock, Ark.

He graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor's degree in education.

He taught in Dowagiac, Mich., and Delphi, Ind., before moving to Dubois in 1967. He taught school in Dubois for six years and was a member of the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department.

In 1973 he moved to Riverton where he owned and operated West Main Texaco until 1981. He then took the position of supervisor of the Riverton division of the Fremont County Ambulance Service, a position he held until his retirement in 1995.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on the Board of Education of Trinity Lutheran School for several years. He also was a member of the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years and served as a deputy coroner for Fremont County for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Cathie; sons Kenneth of Riverton, Brian (Cheryl) of Casper, and Michael (Ritha) of Greeley, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Raymond Tuck; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Caroline; sister Mary Ann; grandsons James Kellner and Zachary Clements; and great-granddaughter Megan Kate Koehn.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran School Education Assistance Fund or Help for Health Hospice in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.

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