Fred Delmar Swindell, age 80, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana, after a brief illness. He lived in Churubusco, Indiana, for the last 35 years.
Born in LaPort, Indiana, on December 19, 1931 to the late Daniel W. Swindell and Dorothy E. (Dilts) Swindell, he lived most of his early life in Idaville, Indiana, where he graduated from high school.
He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War serving most of his time on the USS Essex, CV-9.
He worked in several occupations including agriculture, high steel structures, restaurant management, law enforcement and sheet metal.
He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association and the American Legion Post #157 and V.F.W Post #3846 both in Churubusco.
Fred is survived by his sons Daniel Swindell of Churubusco, Brandon and Kristi Swindell of Fresno, California, and Mathew Swindell also of Churubusco.
Nine several grandchildren also survive.
Brother, Calvin and Helen Swindell of the state of Washington.
Sister, Donna and Donald Cade of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Marie (Truex) Countryman
Fred had a great sense of humor and a happy personality. He was quite a character that sparked something in all of us. He will be remembered by his many friends with affection. He had a good heart. He was an avid mushroom hunter…always looking for the “hidden treasure.”
To remember and celebrate the life of Fred Swindell, there will be a gathering of family and friends on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 6:00pm at the American Legion Post #157, 115 South Main Street in Churubusco, Indiana. Rev. Larry Smith from the Wesley Chapel will officiate the memorial service and the honor guard from Post #157 will conduct military honors.
If you wish, any donations in memory of Fred can be made to his family, in care of Mat Swindell.
Northern Indiana Funeral Care of Fort Wayne is helping the family with arrangements.
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