In loving memory of

William E. Swadley Sr.
November 14, 1929 - March 8, 2019

Dane/Springfield Township - William "Bill" E. Swadley Sr., age 89, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 8, 2019 following a brief battle with cancer. He was born on November 14, 1929 to Norman and Bernice (Callaway) Swadley in Sauk City. Bill graduated from Central High School. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years. While stationed in Memphis, Tennessee; he met his beloved wife, Jeanie. They were united in marriage on September 25, 1950. Bill was grateful to have been blessed with 68 wonderful years of marriage to the love of his life and was proud of the six boys they had raised together.

Bill was a union carpenter with Local 314 and retired when he was 63.

Bill was a devoted family man who loved the simple things in life. He enjoyed listening to music, dancing, telling his stories and jokes, and playing his harmonica. He especially loved watching his family members perform in a variety of bands, and spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends. Bill was an active person who enjoyed the outdoors, pitching horseshoes, playing softball, hunting, gardening, and pontooning at Schoepp's. In earlier years, he was an avid water skier and played on a fast pitch softball league. He also enjoyed watching a good football game or old western movie in his pastime. Go Badgers! Go Packers! Bill was also a member of Walleye of Wisconsin. He will be forever missed for his wisdom, advice, and charisma.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jeanie; six sons, Bill Jr., John (Danette), Ron (Michelle), Rick (Donna), Tim (Lori), and Tom (Tonya); 10 grandchildren, Erica (Dan), Ken, Ryan (Gretchen), Matt (Shannon), Jared, Arianna, Torre, Autumn, Ashelyn, and Alx; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two siblings, Bob and Pat; his aunt, June; numerous relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Peggy.

We would like to invite our family and friends to attend a Celebration of Bill's Life to be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Rex's Innkeeper, 301 N. Century Avenue, Waunakee. There will be a remembrance service at 3:00 p.m. with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either St. Jude's or Agrace HospiceCare.

The family would like to thank Agrace HospiceCare for the wonderful care they provided to Bill. Also, we would like to extend a special thank you for the extra help and friendship of Roger and Kendall.

Winn-Cress Funeral Home
5785 Hwy Q, Waunakee
608-849-4513

Tributes

Tim Frey wrote on Mar 19, 2019:

"Although I didn?t know Bill that well I have to say that every time I met him he was filled with happiness and greeted everyone with a huge smile.... and on occasion a bad joke ?. He was seriously a great man to be around. He will be missed!"

Tony Larson wrote on Mar 18, 2019:

"My wife and I will really miss Bill. He was a wonderful neighbor when I grew up, a wonderful father, husband, and had a lot of fun and spunk even the last time we saw him a couple of months ago. "

Rick Swadley wrote on Mar 14, 2019:

"My father plays harmonica He really makes it sing He says it sounds a little corny The way those old time songs they ring But if you listen closely you can here the magic within He put his heart in every note that he blew out and he breathed in I'm gonna miss you Dad "

Kevin Roth wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"As I told Tim, Bill was such a friendly man, who always seemed more interested in what is happening in your life than his. Truly a wonderful man."

Donna Swadley wrote on Mar 12, 2019:

"To my father-n-law, the smartest man I've ever known, you will be truly missed by me and so many friends and family RIP"