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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Dick Lee Swindler, d. Oct. 12, 2013

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  • Dick Lee Swindler, 68, of Olathe, died Oct. 12, 2103. He was born on Oct. 27, 1944, in Pratt. He was the son of John Herbert and Margaret Alice (Talbott) Swindler. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Olathe; son Sean (Jaimie) of Olathe; daughter Shana Morris, three grandchildren, Shelbi Morris, Shale Morris, and Isaac Swindler of Olathe; sister Patty Coons of Pryor, Okla.; sister Betty June (Lindy) Patton of Pratt; twin brother Don (Susan) Swindler of Aiken, S. C.; and brother Jim (Lauren) Swindler of Normal, Ill.
    He was pre-deceased by a grandson, Shade Aaron Morris, sister Ruth Poe and brother John Swindler.


    Dick's grandchildren were the light of his life. He loved playing with them when they were young, while he was still able. No matter how difficult for him due to his Parkinson's, it was important to him to be able to play with them and be a part of their lives.


    Dick got his BS from Southwestern College in Winfield, then his master's degree and completed most of a PhD at Kansas University. He taught higher mathematics at Lawrence High School for 28 years before retiring due to early onset Parkinson's disease. He also coached gymnastics for many years, and was regularly named "Coach of the Year," and "Judge of the Year." For as long as his health permitted, he was an avid jogger who ran in regular 10-Ks and two marathons, one of them four years after his diagnosis of Parkinson's. He was also an avid golfer who played several times a week until he was no longer able.
    Dick and his wife were avid home remodelers for many years. Later they enjoyed the hobby of model railroading. They had an impressive model railroad they spent many hours working on. Some of the buildings from their model railroad have been donated to the model railroad display at Union Station.
    Dick's final years were spent at Good Samaritan in Olathe where he participated for as long as he could in the activities offered in his new environment.


    Dick was the longest surviving recipient in the U.S. of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's Disease. He has donated his brain to the Mayo clinic for Parkinson's research.
    

Memorial donations may be given to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, www.michaeljfox.org, or mail to Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station. P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163.

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