Alvin C. "Al" Swing
Alvin C. “Al” Swing passed away March 14, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.Al was born in Ladoga, Ind., on Jan. 16, 1925, the youngest of seven children.Al graduated from high school at Monon, Ind., in 1943 and attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., in 1943-44, where he had Army Specialized Training in basic engineering. In 1948 he graduated from International College in Fort Wayne, Ind., from the Professional School of Accounting & Auditing with a bachelor of science in commerce.Al served in the U.S. Army from May 1943 through March 1946. His overseas service was from October 1944 through March 1946 in France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a member (and medic) of the 292nd Combat Engineer Battalion attached to the Fifth Armored Division (Ninth Army). During this time he made six river crossings from the Roer River to the Elbe in Germany.Al was employed by Allied Mills (Wayne Feeds) in Indiana and Illinois from 1948 to 1953. He moved to Colorado in October of 1953 and was employed as an oil and gas accountant and auditor with various oil companies for a total of 35 years. He was a deputy sheriff in the Weld County Sheriff’s Department, also being on the Sheriff’s Posse from 1984-1990 until he and his wife moved to Battlement Mesa in May 1991. He then became deputy sheriff with Garfield County Sheriff’s Department from 1991-1996, retiring at age 70.He married the former Ellen J. Kovach on Sept. 20, 1972. He was an active member of the Republican Party until his health began failing.Being a Mason since 1947, he was a member of Garfield Masonic Lodge 50 in Longmont, and then after moving to Battlement Mesa, transferred his membership to Rifle Masonic Lodge 129. He was also a member of York Rite, Knights Templar and Order of Eastern Star in Palisade Chapter 90, and a charter member of VFW Post 5485 in Parachute, member since 1948, lifetime member since 1992. He then transferred his membership to Post 1247 in Grand Junction.Survivors include his wife, Ellen; sister Mrs. Ruth Hendricks of Port Republic, Md.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his twin brother in October 2005.Graveside services took place March 20 at Memorial Gardens Cemetery with full military honors with the Masonic Lodge 129 in Rifle.Memorial contributions can be sent to Martin Mortuary c/o Alvin Swing.Arrangements were under the care and direction of Martin Mortuary.
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