Russell Swingler

1934 - 2013


Russell Swingler

Aug. 26, 1934 — May 11, 2013

Russell Eugene Swingler died May 11, 2013, at the age of 78. He was born Aug. 26, 1934, in Teutopolis, Ill., the sixth child to Martin C. and Tillie Buhnerkempe Swingler.

Russ served in the U.S. Army at Camp Hanford. He worked many years for the Woodland School District and enjoyed the students. In recent years, he enjoyed occasional trips to Nevada. Russ looked forward to Monday and Friday nights at the Eagles.

Russ was married to Alberta Gay Neil and later divorced. In June of 1995, he married Janet Pomeroy.

Russ is survived by his wife, Janet; three children, Barbara Foster of Vancouver, Rick (Sandy) Swingler and Mark (Kelly) Swingler of Woodland, Wash.; four step-daughters, Lillian (Clark) Capwell of Colfax, Wash., Susan (Greg) Schlenz of Dayton, Barbara (Gary) Vixie of Walla Walla, and Trina (Michael) Ralston of Dixie; two sisters, Mildred Vahling of Teutopolis, Ill., and Phyllis Buening of Effingham, Ill.; numerous grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wilbert and Harold; and one sister, Merita.

Viewing and visitation will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla. The funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Bob Turner officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at


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