Artie Richard Swonger, 83, of Newton died on Monday Nov. 2, 2015.
He was born in Pratt to Pearl and Artie Swonger on July 18, 1932. Artie met Mary Evans in Meade, and they were married on Sept. 14, 1952, in Clayton, New Mexico. Artie served in the Army during the Korean War. The couple settled down in Newton, where they raised their children, Sue and Keith Swonger.
During his employment for more than 30 years at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., he attended Wichita State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering. During his studies, he was recognized as the top student. Family was important to Artie, and he should be remembered as someone who truly loved life. He enjoyed building and flying model airplanes and fishing. He was also a member of the NRA and the Newton Aviation Club.
He is survived by wife, Mary Swonger; son Keith (Cindy) Swonger; daughter, Sue (Steve) Copeland; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m.,Saturday November 7 at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton. Memorial donations may be made to Caring Hands Humane Society of Newton. Condolences may be left at www.petersenfamilyfuneralhome.com.