Obituaries

Obituaries

Ellsworth Dixon Swaney 1928 - 2008 Lawrence

Memorial services for Ellsworth Dixon Swaney, 80, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Smith Mortuary in Derby. Burial will follow in El Paso Cemetery in Derby. A gathering of family and friends will follow at Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Andover.Mr. Swaney died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of complications from a recent heart attack.He was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Derby, the son of Bernard A. and Madge Dixon Swaney. He was raised on a farm near Derby. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wichita State University in 1959. He moved to Lawrence in 1969.Mr. Swaney worked for Carey Salt and Cessna Aircraft companies in Hutchinson. He was a treasurer for GPK Inc., the owners of three Gibson Discount Center stores in Kansas. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. He enjoyed reading western novels, watching western movies and spending time with his family and friends. Mr. Swaney married Eloise Melander on March 25, 1950. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include a son Kurt and wife Julia, Broomfield, Colo.; three grandchildren, Rachel, Erin and Andrew; and a sister, Patricia Swaney, Fairfax, Va.The family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044 or the Arthritis National Research Foundation at <a href="http://www.curearthritis.org">www.curearthritis.org</a>.Warren-McElwain Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements.Online condolences may be sent at <a href="http://www.warrenmcelwain.com">www.warrenmcelwain.com</a>.