Richard Allen Swier passed away peacefully and went to be with his savior on Sunday, October 27, 2013, 1:44 pm at the age of 86.
Richard “Rich” was born on February 26, 1927, in Lyons South Dakota. The 3rd Son of 10 Children to Walter Swier and Dorothy (Van der Lugt) Swier. Married to Cathryn Leona Harmelink on June 19, 1947.
Together they started their family and business “Swier Plumbing, Heating and Electric in Colton, SD. “To Get Rich call Cash”. He enhanced the farming industry in the Midwest for many. Then moved to Glendale, AZ in August 1969, started Rica Plumbing, Electric and Heating & Cooling, became a Plan review and Building inspector for Maricopa County Building and Safety. Also a FHA & VA compliance inspector and retired at age 62.
Rich was a strong Christian, supported his church, WVCF in Sun City, his maintenance and building background greatly assisted in the most recent building remodel of the fellowship hall. He also served on several local boards, P&A Colton, SD, West Valley Christian Fellowship Church and Villa De Paz Golf team.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Cathryn and 5 of 7 children: Danny, Robert, Kristine, Richard and Kathleen. His passing was preceded by his sons William and Martin. He is also survived by his brother, Ernie Swier and Sisters, Grace Farr and Rosie Chiesa along with 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at the West Valley Christian Fellowship, 12649 N. 105th Ave., Sun City, Arizona. He will be laid to rest at the Colton Cemetery in Colton, South Dakota.Print Obituary & Condolences