Charles Wayne Swisher

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Charles Wayne Swisher

November 16, 1942 - November 07, 2018

Charles Wayne Swisher Charles Wayne Swisher, 75, Greentown, passed away peacefully at 7:15 p.m. Nov. 7, 2018, at home, with his family by his side. He was born Nov. 16, 1942, the only child of the late Charles Raymond Swisher and Sitye Grace (Cooksey) Swisher. On Sept. 17, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart, Betty (Wise) Swisher. They celebrated 57 years of marriage on Sept. 17, 2018.
Charlie graduated in 1961 from Eastern High School. He retired from Chrysler Corp. as a pipefitter with 37 1/2 years of service.
He was a 50-year member of Greentown Masonic Lodge 341 and was worshipful master in 1974. In two months he would have been a 50-year member of Greentown Chapter 195, Order of the Eastern Star. He served as worthy patron in 1976-1977. He also served as Rainbow pop for Greentown Assembly 125 International Order of Rainbow for Girls and received the Grand Cross of Color. In 2015 he received the honor of Grand Representative of Maine in Indiana, with Greta Bickford as his counterpart. He was first male in the Order of the Eastern Star to be appointed Grand Representative in Indiana. He was a lifetime member of the Greentown Historical Society, commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 2015, and was an honorary member of Russiaville Masonic Lodge 82.
Charlie loved spending time with his family, especially the time with his grandchildren and the fun they bring to our family. He was a good cook. He enjoyed playing euchre with his friends, "Deputy Dawg," playing golf with the guys on Monday and Thursday at Tipton, and also oil and watercolor painting. He learned a lot of painting techniques from Juanita Petty. He loved to travel, visited all 50 states and four countries.
Charlie attended First Landmark Baptist Church, Kokomo.
Charlie was on the committee to help organize Little League in Greentown, where he coached his sons and enjoyed all the boys he coached. He was the first coach to choose girls for his team, Beth Dean and Teresa (Marine) Pearson.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Timothy Wayne (Camille) and Scott Allen (Becky); five grandchildren, Dakota Allen (Bridgette Roberts), William Wayne, Ty Adley, Abigail Grace (Caleb) Nelson, Jesse Owen; two stepgrandchildren, Jessica and Clayton; great-granddaughter, Madeline; brothers-in-law, Homer and Leon Wise; sisters-in-law, Sandy, Helen and Sue Wise; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Dewey Jr., Hugh, Johnny Austin, and Bob Wise; sister-in-law, Dixie Wise.
Visitation for family and friends will be 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hasler & Stout Funeral Home, 112 E. Main St., Greentown. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. Robert Morphew and the Rev. Jerry Brooks officiating, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Greenlawn Cemetery, Greentown, Indiana.
Eastern Star services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by a Masonic service.
In lieu of flowers a donation to First Landmark Baptist Church would be appreciated. God's blessings to each of you.
The family thanks Great Lakes Hospice Care, Amanda Harp, and Michelle Ray, for their special care. Dr. Salter's staff, we thank you for all the care and work you do for your cancer patients.
Published on November 8, 2018
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