Shane Roland Swope, "Pa" as his children lovingly called him,
went to be home with the Lord at age 57 on Saturday, August
18, 2018, at Ascension St. Clare's in Weston, WI. Shane was
a beloved figure in the community of Thorp, as the "fix it all"
master mechanic at All Automotive, their business for 25
years. He was a husband, brother to six, father of five,
grandfather to three, and a friend, mentor and hero to
Shane was born in Chippewa Falls on October 20th, 1960,
and was raised south of Stanley. Even from a young age,
Shane had a tireless work ethic, beginning on Uncle Buck and
Aunt Judy Ponick’s farm at age 12, then as a crane operator
for Cleve Shilts at age 16. He carried his drive into adulthood
when he wooed an older girl named Heidi Eslinger, first
meeting as young teenagers at a gravel pit party. It was love
at first sight, and the two married on October 28, 1978.
Shane was incredibly stubborn, and that trait came in handy
at age 19 when a devastating car accident nearly took his life
- but he overcame. Later that day, his sweet Mom prayed with
him to receive Jesus into his heart, a needed Helper, present
for the rest of his life. From then he went on to complete his
family & have three more beautiful children, and was a gentle,
sweet, silly father who never left them wanting for anything. At
age 37, death came knocking again in the form of a heart
attack and 4 bypasses. Shane refused to answer. Though his
body endured lasting damage, he was not one to waste time
feeling bad for himself, preferring instead to give back to
In the early days, Shane relocated his family to Monterey,
California to work for Jim Shakal, his brother-in-law, who was
like a second father. Shane was a self-taught mechanic &
could often be spotted late at night reading stacks of Chilton
auto repair manuals. His motto was "What one man can do,
another can do." When he put his mind to something, it was
only a matter of time before he accomplished it.
Upon returning home to Thorp in 1992, the following year
Shane opened All Automotive and quickly became a trusted
resource to many for all things mechanical - but his skills
didn't stop there. He could fix anything you put in front of him,
and he could build anything, too. There was nary a problem
he couldn't solve with his wits, like a real-life MacGyver.
Shane had a reputation in the community as the guy you
could count on, and he will be dearly missed by thousands of
customers, who would often travel long distances to bring their
vehicles to his garage. He would never turn away anyone that
needed help, & never gave a second thought to driving five
hours to pick up a stranded acquaintance on a highway, or
tackling a difficult project no one else could figure out.
In addition to his shop, Shane had many other hobbies,
including hunting, fishing, John Wayne movies, and an
obsessive love of woodworking. His home and many others
are filled with beautiful handcrafted custom works of art, which
he toiled away on for hours, and gave away freely without a
second thought. To satisfy his sweet tooth, he enjoyed his
Aunt Connie’s lemon meringue pie on every birthday.
Shane will be lovingly remembered by Heidi, his wife of nearly
40 years, & his mother, Cynthia Swope, who he was deeply
devoted to. He will be dearly missed by his 5 children, Shane
Jr. (Molly Meyer) Swope of Appleton, Gabriel (Amanda
Markowicz.) Swope of Stanley & their 3 children Jackson,
Chaselee & Boden, Jasmine Swope of Bloomington, MN, Haley
Swope of Eau Claire, & Shea Swope of St. Paul, MN. He is
also survived by 6 siblings, Steven (Candy) Swope, Lori
(Timothy) Nitz, Lynn (Edward) Shilts, Kim (Michael Mason)
Kmieciak, & Kelly Copenhaver, all of Stanley, & Ronald Jr.
“Buck” (Bethany) Swope of Lake Hallie. He is preceded in
death by his father, Ronald Swope, his grandparents Kenneth
and Betty Swope, and Harvey and Ann Hendrickson.
Funeral services will be held at Faith Evangelical Free Church
in Stanley, with Randy Vandeloo officiating. Visitation is
Wednesday, August 22, from 4-8pm, as well as 9:30-10:30am
on Thursday, prior to the funeral at 10:30am. Burial will follow
at South Worden Cemetery. Plombon Funeral Service
assisted the family with arrangements.
Shane’s pallbearers are his five auto mechanics Timothy
Anderson, Matthew Blackburn, Jamie Weir, Josh Chwala, &
Roger Warner, as well as neighboring shop owner and friend,
Tom Smasal. Honorary pallbearers are his three
grandchildren Jackson, Chaselee and Boden Swope.