In loving memory of

Atlas Swinford
January 26, 1950 - May 13, 2022

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Atlas 'Dennis' Swinford, 72, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2022, at his home.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverend Sharon Phillips will officiate. Burial will take place in Island Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tommy Terrill, Jerry Beeding, Randy Austin, Dean Schnedler, Russel Shields, and Dennis Witte. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Curtis and Kurtis McCauley.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 16, 2022, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Karen Swinford, in Atlas's honor. Online condolences may be made at

Atlas was born on January 26, 1950, in Muscatine, the son of Clarence and Pauline Begley Swinford. He married Karen Lamoreux on August 8, 1992, in Muscatine.

Atlas graduated from Muscatine High School in 1968. He retired from Muscatine Power and Water after 30 years, where he worked in environmental control. Atlas was the owner and operator of House of Atlas Motorcycle Shop. He loved building, restoring, and working on motorcycles and classic cars. Atlas was a member of the motorcycle group, Irons. He was a motorcycle enthusiast, taking many trips. His favorite places to go were Mexico and Texas. Atlas enjoyed junking, going to estate sales and swap meets, watching Star Trek, western movies, and Svengoolie, and going on golf cart adventures. He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren. Atlas's favorite thing to do was dance with his wife.

Atlas is survived by his wife, Karen Swinford; children, Carla Byrd (Mark), Virginia Boyer (Marty), Ranae Fenner (Mike), Kelly Maher (Wolf), Felicia Keck (Dennis), Dave Swinford (Justine), Will Maher (Skye), and Jocelyn McFate (Dan); 23 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents.


Becky Payne wrote on May 21, 2022:

"So very sorry to hear about Atlas I know that he and dad are riding their motorcycles in heaven Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Becky Payne"

Lisa Voyles Bonnichsen wrote on May 16, 2022:

"The sweetest man, I ever had the pleasure of knowing. You will forever be missed."

Maynyrd and family wrote on May 16, 2022:

"One of the best friends and partners a man could ask for. He will be greatly missed. "

Sue Willits wrote on May 14, 2022:

"Such a sweet guy with the kindest heart. He will certainly be missed by my family. He left great memories with all of us. He finally convinced Brian to get the Charger painted or it might still be in primer in the garage. He will so be missed. RIP my friend. Rock, Sue & Brison W"

Joy Paul wrote on May 14, 2022:

"so very sorry to hear of Atlas passing, my sincerest condolences go out to Karen and family. I know he will be missed. Joy Paul"

Floyd "Dude" Smith wrote on May 14, 2022:

"I've known Atlas since the days of the Irons MC. We had some great times and made some great memories from those days. Some of which are a little foggy, after all, it was the 70s ? He will be missed by so many. R.I.P. my friend. "

Ken Lake wrote on May 13, 2022:

"I have many memories of Atlas. He was a very talented man. I remember him rebuilding his motorcycle in the living room when he lived at Ripley trailer park. He touched so many life's. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. Thank you for all the great times..."

Tommy Terrill wrote on May 13, 2022:

"Atlas and I grew up together, He was much more than a brother to me, I will love that man forever. This is a loss for everyone. I will miss you forever Atlas, Tommy Terrill"

Eldon Jr. And Debbie Ballenger wrote on May 13, 2022:

"Karen and All of Atlas's Family, So very sorry for your loss of this very super individual...Please take care and know you are all in our thoughts during this sad sad time..."

Toby Strause wrote on May 13, 2022:

"Atlas was a brother at heart and up for anything that could even be remotely considered crazy and fun. A heart of gold and that cocky smile will be in my memory forever. "