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Roger Swan

Feb. 28, 1937 - Oct. 12, 2018

 

October 18, 2018

Roger H. Swan

Roger H. Swan

Roger H. Swan, longtime Pullman area farmer, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at his home in Pullman. He was 81.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 19th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Pullman Presbyterian Church, 1630 NE Stadium Way, with burial to follow in the Pullman Cemetery. Viewing will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kimball Funeral Home.

Roger was born February 28, 1937 in Deary, Idaho, to Bennie and Laura Flodberg Swan. He and his older brother, Conrad, grew up in the same home Roger was born in. Roger graduated from Deary High School on May 25, 1955, and on May 26th he began working for Potlatch as a log scaler.

He met Bertha Hood one day through a mutual friend and they married a short while later on October 20, 1956. They lived in Deary and Avery for a short time before settling their young family in Pullman in 1960. Roger worked on the wheat farm for Bertha's parents, Bill and Doris Hood. In 1966, they moved to a farm along Estes Road and Roger and Bertha lived and farmed there for most of their lives.

Roger was a lifetime member of the Elk's and Moose Lodges. He loved to take the family camping and floating along the St. Joe River. They also enjoyed picking huckleberries or stopping in Avery for ice cream or milkshakes. He was a talented craftsman and enjoyed working with wood, particularly oak. After he retired in 2002, Roger and Bertha liked to spend winters in Yuma, Arizona, and made many friends while there.

Roger will be missed by many in the community, but especially by his wife of nearly 62 years, Bertha, at their Pullman home; two daughters, Margo (Bob) Watkins and Margie (Gregg) Kimball both of Pullman; seven grandchildren, Bill (Taylor) Swan, John Meshishnek, Makenzie Isenberg, Michael (Ariana) Meshishnek, Jason (Alison) Kimball, Holly (Dan) Brood and Kadie (Jake) Reeves and by 11 great-grandchildren; and by a very special family friend, Debbie Brood. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Conrad, and by his son, Lanny Swan who died July 3, 2004. The family suggests memorial gifts in his memory be made to the Pullman Hospital Foundation. On-line guest book is at http://www.kimballfh.com

Kimball Funeral Home of Pullman is caring for the family.

 
 

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