William “Bill” Ivan Swaney, 91 of Thorp, formerly of Gilman,
died Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Oakbrook Nursing Home-
Thorp under the care of Hope Hospice. He was born on April
16, 1927 in the Town of Stubbs-Rusk County to the late
Clinton and Bessie (Sutton) Swaney. He attended Kief grade
school. Bill then started high school at Weyerhauser/ Bruce
school before entering the Army serving in the 2nd Armory
Division Military Band. After his discharge he returned to
Bruce to finish high school. Bill moved to St. Paul, MN and
worked in the Ford Motor Plant.
On February 27, 1950 Bill married Wilma Edith “Billie Rae”
Mahoney at her family home. In 1951 the couple started
farming in the Bruce area. They moved to the
Gilman/Hannibal area in 1957 where they farmed until 2003
when Bill “retired”.
Bill served 18 years on the Farm Credit Board (PCA) of
Neillsville, WI the church board and spent 12 years as a 4-H
leader. He also served on the Taylor County board of
supervisors and on the Gilman School Building Committee.
His highlights during his 91 and a half years was building a
dairy herd that was one of the top 10 herds in Wisconsin and
the top herd in Taylor County for 2 years on milk and butter
fat. Bill also received the Tri County young farmer award in
1973. He enjoyed fishing, hunting then in later years spending
time gardening, woodworking and being a “Winter Texan” for
the colder months.
He is survived by his children, Pam (Ken) Glidden of Lublin,
Lonnie (Peggy) Swaney of DePere and Deb (Tim) Lewan of
Thorp, 13 grandchildren, Michael, Alan, Marie, Katie,
Christopher, Jacob, Shane, Chad, Stacy, Marissa, Derek,
Cassandra and Brandon, 11 Great grandchildren. Bill is
preceded in death by his parents, wife, Wilma (2015),
brothers, Harold, and John and 3 sisters, Dorothy Tatro, Violet
Johnson and Hazel Schmitz.
A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Saturday,
September 8th at Christ Community Church-Jump River with
Pastor Joey Olsen officiating. Burial with military rites will take
place at 2PM Saturday at Meadowbrook Cemetery-Gilman.
Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday, September 7th at the
Gilman Funeral Home and Saturday morning one hour prior to
services at the church.