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Obituary of William Swanda


Bill Swanda Rites Slated

A heart ailment proved fatal for Willie A. Swanda, 58-year-old Carnegie man, in an Oklahoma City hospital Tuesday afternoon. He became suddenly ill May 28 and was taken to the Carnegie hospital for treatment but later was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital, where he died about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

A former Carnegie business man, Swanda became more critical and died on the operating table during an emergency operation. Swanda was engaged in the automobile business here for several years. He was a deacon in the First Baptist church.

He was born on April 28, 1899, at Omaha, Neb., and at the age of three years moved with his parents to Oklahoma City. He moved here about 1907. He was married to Miss Bertha Lee Green on April 9, 1921, at Anadarko.

He is survived by his wife, one son, Melvin L. (Billie) Swanda, and two daughters, Mrs. Delbert Mills and Mrs. Bobbie Cox, of Carnegie; five brothers, Ed and Charley of Carnegie, Lewis of Apache, Fred of Tulsa, and Cecil of Loveland, Col.; two sisters, Mrs. Bill Dickenson, Carnegie, and Mrs. Blanche Hausam, Tulsa; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday from the First Baptist church, with rev. W.F. Crow, pastor, officiating, assisted by Don Johnson, Carnegie. Interment will be at the Carnegie cemetery under the direction of the Pitcher funeral home.

The Carnegie Herald (Carnegie, Oklahoma); 5 June 1957; located at FindAGrave; internet; submitted by Thomas Carlile, 2009.

Notes for William Swanda; compiled by Pamela Hutchison Garrett, 2013; for Family Stories at