Harold “Tod” Alan Swick, 73, of Tipton, lost his battle with cancer and entered eternity on Saturday, April 18, 2020 while at home and with family by his side. A private burial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at the Tipton Masonic Cemetery, Tipton, IA.
Tod’s wishes were that Richard Peck, Leon Carpenter, Ron Braddock, Dennis Rourke, Robert “Joe” Howe and Wally Moeller serve as his pallbearers and that Bob Peck and Gary Witmer are listed as honorary pallbearers; however, due to the current COVID virus restrictions, his pallbearers are being mentioned by name only.
In lieu of flowers and in Tod’s memory, the family has set up three memorial funds 1) Iowa City Hospice, 2) American Legion and 3) VFW Post 2537.
The family asks that all cards and memorials be mailed to the following address: Harold Swick Memorial Fund, 615 West 5th Street, Tipton, Iowa 52772
A celebration of Life ceremony will be determined at a later date. All updated service information will be posted on the same website where you are invited to share online condolences- www.fryfuneralhome.com
You also have the opportunity to virtually sign a page on Tod’s Funeral Service guestbook by copying and pasting the following link:
(All virtual signatures will be printed onto a tangible page and entered into the family’s memorial register book.)
“Tod”, son of Harold Cleveland and Helen Frances (Kallenberger) Swick, was born on December 25, 1946 in Muscatine, Iowa. He graduated with the Tipton Class of 1965. On May 4, 1966, Tod was the first resident of Cedar County, Iowa to be drafted into the Vietnam War by the Army. Tod was originally trained to be a Combat Engineer, but because of the leadership skills he displayed, the Army chose to immediately send him to DI Training School. Tod was an Army Drill Instructor at the Fort Leonard Wood Military Base in Missouri, until his Honorable discharge from active duty on May 3, 1968. Upon Tod’s return to civilian life, he worked for the Rochester Saw Mill. While at the Highway Gardens in Stanwood, Iowa, he met Bonnie Ray Reed, the “future love of his life”. On July 11, 1970, he was united in marriage to Bonnie at the United Methodist Church in Tipton, Iowa. Tod worked for Cedar County as the Secondary Roads Superintendent until his retirement in 2001. Tod also gave of himself to his community; he was a volunteer for the Tipton Fire Department for 20 years, a 30 year past Moose Member and was a lifetime member of both the American Legion and the NRA. During his free time, Tod enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening; but above all else he was happiest when spending time with his family, especially his beautiful grandchildren.
Tod is survived by his loving wife Bonnie of Tipton, IA; two children, son, Corby (Angela) Swick of Tipton, IA and daughter, Cortney (Lee) Curry of Oskaloosa, IA; three grandchildren, Madeline Swick, Emma Curry and Ava Curry; one sister, Jane (Swick) Osborn of Vinton, IA; one sister-in-law, Sheryl (Roger) Swick; two nephews, Terry (Kari) Swick and Anthony Hill; one niece, Tami Fisher; and one great-niece Allena Swick. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Helen Swick; three brothers, Roger Swick, David Swick, and Dennis Swick; his nephew, Todd Swick; and lastly, his beloved American Eskimo Dog “Trampus” whose remains will be buried with him.
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