Leonard “Len” Swift


Leonard “Len” Swift, 82, of Stevens Point unexpectedly went to his final resting place on Feb. 25, 2010, at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

Leonard was born Aug. 29, 1927, in Waukesha, the son of James and Ruth (nee Anthes) Swift. He entered the U.S. Navy on July 23, 1945, in Milwaukee. He earned the World War Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 27, 1948. Leonard married Imogene R. Sanders on Oct. 7, 1950. He graduated from St. Norbert College in 1952. Leonard was active in the Army R.O.T.C. while in college and after until 1974. Leonard was a teacher for a number of years until he became the library director of the Portage County Public Library for 17 years until his retirement.

Leonard is survived by his wife of 59 years, Imogene; their six children, Jean Marie Swift (Kevin Boynton) of Rothschild, Mary Kaye (Donald) Ernest of Mequon, Michael (Leslie) Swift of West Bend; James (Ann Marie) Swift of Milwaukee, Patricia Ann (John) Schmitz of Necedah and Carol Lynn (James) Schelke of Virginia; 12 grandchildren, Matthew and James Stautz, Darcy (Robert) Borelli, Michael (Malou) Ernest, Samantha (Patrick Henderson) Ernest, Christopher Ernest, Dustin and Derek Swift, Jeffery and Peter Swift, Patrick-Michael Schelke and Jessica Schmitz; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Thomas Swift and John Swift, both of Milwaukee, and William (Karin) Swift of Sussex; three sisters, Joanne Boyle of Kenosha; Kate Swift of Milwaukee; Sandra (Charles) McLester of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Phillip and Ernest; and two sisters, Rosalie and Donna.

A Mass of Christian burial for Leonard will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday March 1, 2010, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Rev. Al Burkhardt will officiate. Burial with full military honors will be at King National Cemetery in the Spring. Friends and family will gather to share memories from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Shuda Funeral Chapel and again Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. at the church. A general rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel.

A memorial in lieu of flowers will be established in his name for the Portage County Public Library and St Joseph Church.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.shudafuneral.com.