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Artie Swonger

November 2, 2015

Artie Richard Swonger, 83, of Newton Kansas died on Monday November 2, 2015. He was born in Pratt, Kansas to Pearl and Artie Swonger on July 18, 1932. Artie met Mary Evans in Meade, KS and they were married on September 14, 1952 in Clayton, New Mexico. Artie served in the Army during the Korean War. The couple settled down in Newton, KS where they raised their children, Sue and Keith Swonger. During his employment for over 30 years at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, he attended Wichita State University and earned a Bachelor Degree in Electronic Engineering. During his studies, he was recognized as the top student. Family was important to Artie, and he should be remembered as someone who truly loved life. He enjoyed building and flying model airplanes, and fishing. He was also a member of the NRA, and the Newton Aviation Club. He is survived by wife, Mary Swonger; son Keith (Cindy) Swonger; daughter, Sue (Steve) Copeland; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday November 7, 2015 at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. Memorials donations may be made to Caring Hands Humane Society of Newton. Condolences may be left at www.petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com

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3 thoughts on “Artie Swonger

  1. We’ll miss Artie at our flying field and also at coffee where we all shared so many funny stories about life, I wish you all Gods comfort.

  2. Artie basically adopted us as a 2nd son and daughter. He was always there for us, our children, and our grandchildren. We loved having him and Mary share every holiday with us. We will deeply miss him and will continue to love him.

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