Calvin L. "Cal" Swift

Calvin L. "Cal" Swift, age 82, of Philip, died Thursday evening, March 22, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Services were held Monday, March 26, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Music was provided by Barry and Edna Knutson. Ushers were Bud Stickler and Marvin Kahl. Pallbearers were Bruce Kroetch, Glen Radway, Orrin Carstensen, Mick Mortellaro, Ole Keehner and Darrell Schumaker.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Calvin Loren Swift was born October 15, 1924, in Gregory County, SD, the son of Loren and Marie (Livingston) Swift. He grew up on a farm near Lucas, SD, where he attended country schools and helped his dad on the farm. He attended Lucas High School for three years and graduated from Burke High School in 1943.

Cal married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Johnson, on October 23, 1945, at the Lucas Baptist Church. They made their home and farmed for 10 years in the Lucas community where their four children were born: Sandra Marie, Richard Dean, Larry Wayne and Thomas Dale. They later moved to a ranch northwest of Philip. He joined the First Presbyterian Church where he held various positions. Calvin worked several jobs throughout the years including at the Philip Livestock Auction, Baye and Sons Implement, and most recently was known throughout the town for his dedication to driving the Haakon County Prairie Transportation Bus.

Calvin will be remembered by many friends for his many jokes and cruising around in the "Little Brownie" pickup.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of nearly 62 years, Marjorie of Philip; his daughter, Sandra Bockman and her husband, Don, and family of Waco, TX; two sons, Larry Swift and his children, and Thomas Swift and his wife, Val, and children of Philip; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Ken Swift and his wife, Verlene, of Rochester, MN; three sisters, Vyrle Johnson and her husband, George, of Gregory, Delores Carey and her husband, Russ, of Des Moines, IA, and Luella Christensen and her husband, Ivan, of Montevideo, MN; many nieces and nephews; one aunt, Vivian Kenzy of Cheyenne, WY; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cal was preceded in death by a son, Richard Swift on July 4, 1998; his parents; an infant brother, Howard; and a daughter-in-law, Vivian Swift.

A memorial is established. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com