Mike R. Swarts, 62, of Centerville, and a former Moulton resident, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at Centerville Nursing and Rehab Center in Centerville.
He was born the son of Frederick “Raymond” and Geneva I. (Archer) Swarts on May 12, 1951 in Centerville. He graduated from the Moulton-Udell High School in 1969.
Mike was united in marriage to Glenda Kirby and they were later divorced. He worked for more than 20 years on the railroad; first for the Burlington-Northern, then he became a track inspector for the Wabash and later a foreman for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. After leaving the railroad, Mike worked in construction for Barber Construction and Pfannebecker Construction, both in Centerville. He loved spending time with his family, whether it be hunting, fishing or trapping. At one time, he owned Beer 30, a local hangout spot in Moulton.
In death, Mike joins his parents; his daughter, Holly Kaylene Swarts on June 6, 2001; and his brothers, Alan Swarts and Danny Swarts.
He is survived by his children, Michael Swarts and his wife, Amanda, of Bloomfield, Heather Smothers of Centerville and Seth Swarts-Nail of Moulton; a brother, Rick Swarts of Moulton; and one granddaughter, Kennedy Smothers, of Centerville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Moulton with the Rev. Reg Higginbottom officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery west of Moulton. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home with the family present..
Memorials may be made to the family and left or mailed to the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Moulton is caring for the family at this time and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.