Garden Chapel

Robert E. Sward

August 21, 2012
Sully, Iowa

10:30 A.M., Saturday, August 25, 2012
Sully Community Church
Sully, Iowa

Noon-2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 25, 2012
Sully Community Church
Sully, Iowa

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to:
Gideons International
St. Andrews Lutheran Church

Wife:  Eloise Sward  – Sully, Iowa
Children: Terry (Linda) Sward – Kansas City, Missouri
Julie (Stuart) Zurcher – Sully, Iowa
Lori (Tim) Zylstra – Sully , Iowa
Rick (Jackie) Sward – Monument, Colorado

In Memory Of

Robert E. Sward
Sully, Iowa
(Age 76)

July 29, 1936 - August 21, 2012

Robert (Bob) Earl Sward was born to Oscar and Mabel Granstrom Sward on July 29, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois. He went to be with the Lord on August 21, 2012, at the age of 76. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where he graduated from high school. Bob earned his Bachelors and his Masters Degrees in Education from the University of Lincoln. He went on to earn his Specialist Degree from Drake University. Bob served his country in the Navy on two Far East tours aboard the Oriskany and the Wedderburn naval vessels. He continued in the Naval Reserves for 20 years.

Bob was united in marriage with Eloise Seagren on September 1, 1956. They were blessed with four children.

Bob served as the Elementary/Middle School Principal at the Lynnville-Sully Community School and retired in 1998 after 29 years with the district. He was an active member of the St. Andrews Lutheran Church. Bob served many years as a member of the Sully Lions Club and the Gideons. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and golfing on the senior golf league.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Alfred Sward.

Those left to honor his memory are Eloise, his wife of 56 years; his four children: Terry (Linda) Sward of Kansas City, Missouri, Julie Ritter (Stuart) Zurcher of Sully, Iowa, Lori (Tim) Zylstra of Sully, Iowa, and Rick (Jackie) Sward of Monument, Colorado; seventeen grandchildren: Josiah (Alexandria) Sward, Alyssa Sward, Kristen (Justin) Burmeister, Robert (Kayla) Ritter, Anne Ritter, Lindsey Ritter, Lucas (Catie) Zurcher, April (D.J.) Miles, Amber Zurcher, Anna Zurcher, Ben (Jennifer) Zylstra, Bethany (Chase) Tanke, Bart (Kasey) Zylstra, Amanda Sward, Lucas Sward, Spencer Wenck, and Tate Wenck; and seven great-grandchildren.

To save another life, Bob has donated his body to medical research.  

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