Larry J. Swindler, 69

Larry J. Swindler, 69, of Orange City, Iowa passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 at Avera Dougherty Hospice House.

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Larry J. Swindler, 69, of Orange City, Iowa passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 at Avera Dougherty Hospice House.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Miller Funeral Home-Downtown, 507 S. Main Ave.  Burial will be later this summer at Deer Lodge, Mont.

Larry James Swindler, son of Lawrence and Alvina (Sutnik) Swindler, was born Dec. 11, 1947 in Elgin.  He grew up in Mott, where he enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, football; also hunting and fishing in the Cannonball River.  Larry graduated from Mott Lincoln High School in 1965. He attended Dickinson State University for a short time before enlisting into the US Army from 1967-1969.

Larry was united in marriage with Jacqueline Greff on Feb. 13, 1971 in Richardton. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Gold Creek, Mont. to ranch with his father and brother. They ranched in Montana until 1979 when they moved to Huron, S.D.  Wanting to return to raising livestock and farming, the family made a short move to Wessington, S.D.  In May of 1985 they moved to Deer Lodge, Mont. and he began working for the United States Postal Service in November.  Larry transferred to Dakota Central Mail Distribution Facility in 1997 where he worked until he retired in 2010.  They moved to Orange City, Iowa in 2011.

He was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Wessington and Deer Lodge.  He was also involved in the Elks and was in bowling leagues for many years.  Larry loved being with his grandchildren where they would rock hunt and play ball in the basement.  He loved hunting and fishing, taking pack trips with horses and mules in the mountains, gold panning and metal detecting.  Larry loved the animals that were in his life, especially his dog, Reba and mules, Annabelle and Big Enough.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of 45 years, Jaqueline “Jackie”, Orange City, Iowa; a son, Jason (Dee Roy) Swindler and their children, Avery Roy, Sydney and Aidan Swindler, Mitchell, S.D.; a daughter, Gail (Keith) Bolton and their children, Sawyer and Paisley Bolton, Sioux Center, Iowa; a brother, Robert (Gladys) Swindler, Hays, Kan.; and a sister, Sandra Swindler Brasmer, Puyallup, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Alvina Swindler; and his infant son, Daniel James Swindler.

Memorials may be given to Avera Dougherty Hospice House, 4509 S Prince of Peace Pl, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 or a charity of your choice.