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Virgil Merril Swisher

January 26, 1928 ~ October 16, 2018 (age 90)

Council Grove - Virgil M. Swisher, 90 of Council Grove, Kansas, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at Council Grove Assisted Living.  

He was born in Gypsum, KS to Joseph and Sylvia (Stewart) Swisher on January 26, 1928. 

Virgil served his country by way of the US Navy from 1944-1945 during WWII.  He was witness to the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay and was also engaged in the battle at Iwo Jima. He was discharged with honors. 

Following his service he was united in marriage to Miriam Lois Sprecker on December 25, 1946. They began farming in the area with his father and brother shortly thereafter. Virgil and Miriam began raising their family of 5 children in 1948 and lived their entire married life in the Council Grove area.

His love for the land led to his receiving numerous awards for conservation through Morris county.  He was an avid outdoorsman and was involved with Quail Unlimited, The National Turkey Federation and Hunters safety. Virgil enjoyed Sport Clay shooting, lending his knowledge and experience to his grandchildren and others. He loved spending time mentoring the local youth in all areas.

Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 70 years, and a son Everett Lynn; also two sisters Margaret (Swisher) Schubert, Ethelene (Swisher) Cook and brother Clyde Swisher. 

He is survived by 4 children: Barry (Rhonda) Swisher of Creighton, MO, Connie (Tom) Adam of Council Grove, KS, Christy Varner of Wichita, KS, and Lynn (Carla) Swisher of Topeka, KS. 

Virgil was blessed with 7 grandchildren: Allen (Val) Swisher of Lone of Jack MO, Matt (Ashley) Swisher of Egerton, KS, Scotty Adam of Council Grove, KS, Nikki Cabral of Wichita, KS, Tobi Henson of Durham, KS,  Austin Swisher of Topeka, KS, and Krista (Daniel) Nosker of Topeka KS; and also enjoyed 9 great grandchildren. 

Visitation will be Tuesday October 23rd from 5-7pm. Services will be held Wednesday Oct. 24th at 10am. Both will be held at the Wilsey Christian Church, Wilsey KS, with burial to follow at the Wilsey Cemetery. Please honor Virgil’s wishes and wear casual attire. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. 

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