Robert "Bob" Earl Swegles, Sr., devoted brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 17, 2021, at the age of 81. Bob was born to parents Glen Ora Swegles and Ilene Thelma Welton on May 12, 1940 in Lansing, Michigan, the eldest of 6 children.
Growing up in Lansing, MI, Bob graduated from high school and proudly joined the Army as a sharpshooter in 1961 following graduation. On April 1, 1962, he met the love of his life Maria "Mary" Magdalena Saldana. After only two months of dating, they were married on June 18, 1962 and spent 59 wonderful years together. Together they raised 4 beautiful children whom they loved very much.
Throughout Bob's life, he was known for his love and devotion to family and being mild-mannered. Bob often traveled with his family, and bowled in a league, and loved to experience the great outdoors: camping, hunting and other activities. He especially enjoyed all things country: western movies and TV shows, and country music. For 30 years he worked for General Motors Company where he eventually retired. However, he could never sit still and always had to be working on something. Bob even taught his sons how to be self-reliant and fix anything. Bob was an amazing father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His family and friends will miss him dearly.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents Glen and Illene Swegles; sister Mary Lou Ann; brothers Allen, Glen Jr., and Sammy; and grandchildren Chelsea, and Donald Jr. He is survived by his loving wife Mary; children Robert E. Swegles Jr. & wife Anita, Richard Swegles & partner David, Lee Swegles & wife Linda, and Mary Taylor & husband James; grandchildren Amber Henderson & husband Adam, Tony Swegles, Telisa Fuller & husband Patrick, Jennifer Smith & husband Jared, Melissa Swegles, Brian Swegles, Jacob Barricklow, Amie Swegles, and Megan Taylor; sister Hazel Spencer; along with 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.
A prayer service will be held on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM at Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary in Yukon, OK. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at 10:00 AM at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Shawnee, OK with burial at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Shawnee to follow. Services are under the direction of Ingram, Smith & Turner Mortuary in Yukon, OK.
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