Ralph "Butch" Henry Swise

June 15, 1943 ~ January 29, 2022 (age 78)

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Ralph "Butch" Henry Swise, 78, of Canton, IL, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Majors Hospital in Shelbyville, IN.  He was born on June 15, 1943 in Galesburg, IL to the late parents of E. Leonard and Naomi H. (Benson) Swise.

Survivors include; wife, Susan K. Swise of Canton, IL; daughters, Sue Ellen (Bob) Vawter of Indianapolis, IN and Lynnette (Jeff) Bell of Carrollton, IN; son, Brian L. (Leeann Rossell) Swise of Galesburg, IL; grandchildren, Courtney (Tres York) Vawter, Brett Swise, Sarah (Jake) Reffett, Samantha (Petar) Hood, Elijah Bell, Samuel Vawter, Jonah Bell and Addison Bell.; great grandsons, Henry Swise, Jedd, and Eli Reffett; great granddaughter, Charlie Reffett.  He is preceded in death by parents; brother, Charles L. Swise; sister, Charlotte J. Roberts.

Butch retired from International Harvester/Navistar, Indianapolis Plant in 1992. He was a member and trustee of the Fiatt Independent Christian Church, Fiatt, IL, Board Member of the Fiatt Cemetery, Fiatt, IL, and Volunteered over 20 years on the Cuba Fire Dept, Cuba, IL.  Butch loved his family, fishing, farming, traveling and never met a stranger. He will be missed by all, especially his "old buddies" at the Fairview Cafe.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the Fountaintown Fire & Rescue and Sugar Creek Fire & Rescue for the care they gave on the ambulance runs.  

Services will be on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 1:00pm at the Fiatt Independent Christian Church, 13960 E. IL 9 Hwy, Fiatt, IL 61433 with Pastor Ben Williamson Officiating.

Visitation will be on Monday, February 7, 2022, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, 1601 E. Chestnut Street, Canton, IL 61520. 

Burial will be in the Fiatt Cemetery, Fiatt, IL.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Cuba Fire Dept, 411 E. Jefferson St, Cuba, IL 61427.

Arrangements handled by Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Shangrila Chapel, 1444 West US Hwy 52, Fountaintown, IN  46130.

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February 7, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home
1601 E. Chestnut Street
Canton, IL 61520

Funeral Service
February 8, 2022

1:00 PM
Fiatt Independent Christian Church
13960 E IL 9 HWY
Fiatt, IL 6520

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