Date of Death: October 12, 2018
The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 2018 at the Corey Church of the Nazarene, 10056 Water St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Gary Carr officiating.
Interment will take place at Poe Cemetery, Newberg Twp., MI.
Mr. Robert Gene Swilley, age 89, of Jones, MI., passed away peacefully on October 12, 2018 at Grace Healthcare in Three Rivers. He was born on February 18, 1929 in South Bend, IN., the son of the late John Sr. and Margaret (Bogal) Swilley.
Robert graduated from John Adams High School in 1946. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army from 1951 until his discharge in 1957. On May 29, 1954 Bob was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mrs. Marilyn (Schricker) Swilley. Bob was employed at L.O. Gates Chevrolet for twenty-eight years and also Quonset Brake and Front End Service of Mishawaka, IN. He later retired from General Motors Hydromatic in Three Rivers. He was also a member of the American Legion Post # 484 of Millersburg, Indiana.
Robert was preceded in death by one brother, John Swilley Jr., one sister, Marian Sanders.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Marilyn Swilley; daughters, Ruth Ann (Mickey) Cornwell, and Nancy (Richard) Hotovy; grandchildren, Michael (Carrie) Kline and Holly (Brandyn) Polmateer; great grandchild, Alexis.
Memorial donations may be made to Newberg Ambulance Dept. or Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home in care of Bob’s arrangements.
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Marilyn, Nancy, Ruth Ann and all your families so sorry to hear of your great loss! I know Bob will be missed everyday. We so enjoyed him and all lof you as the best neighbors at Corey Lake for so many years. Wish we could be there at this time but wanted you to know our thoughts are with you at this time.
Bob will be missed by alot of people, me being one. He was a Great guy.
Sorry for the family’s loss.
We send our condolences to Marilyn, Nancy, Ruth Ann and families.
Here in Canada ?? we looked forward every August for Bob and Marilyn’s arrival for a month of fishing and friendship. When Pakwash Lake was too rough for fishing Bob could be found keeping busy. Either at the tourist camp helping the owner or over at our cabin. We shared many Walleye dinners in their trailer, or at our place with Bob cooking over an open fire.
Bob was so proud of his family. He often talked about Michael in the reserves and Holly furthering her education. But I think life didn’t get much better for him when winching a huge Norther Pike out of the weed beds. I’ll never forget a day fishing with Bob when his little “antique” Johnson outboard wouldn’t start. We had a great chat as I set the oars in place and rowed about three miles to a tourist camp for assistance. A phone call sent Bob’s home camp owner to tow us home.
Bob’s spirit will live on in our thoughts.
He was a good friend.
To the delightful Swilley family,
Sending love from Pakwash Lake, Canada ?? .
Thoughts and prayers to the whole family. May you find comfort and peace in your faith.
Randy and I are very sorry for your loss Ruth.Prayers of comfort for you and your family.