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Kevin Eugene Swinford

Celebration of Life Memorial Services for Kevin Eugene Swinford, 58, of swinfordChampaign, will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Mr. Swinford passed away at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, July 28, 2013, at home.

He was born Jan. 8, 1955, in Mattoon, a son of Floyd E. and Colleen (Mauzy) Swinford. His parents preceded him in death.

He married Susan Gilmore on Sept. 22, 1979, in Tuscola. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Travis Andrew Swinford (fiancée Hillary Zindars) and Taylor Eugene Swinford, all of Champaign; two brothers, Lonnie (Ruby) Swinford of Danville, and Jeffrey (Vickie) Swinford, of Mahomet; and a step-granddaughter, Taylor Easter, of Champaign.

Mr. Swinford was employed by Eagle Painting, of Paxton.

His hobbies included playing golf and gardening. He was a Bears and Cardinals fan.

He was of the Methodist faith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, 2405 N. Shore Dr., Urbana, IL 61802, or an organization of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.



We are so sorry to learn about Kevin’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the boys.

Kathy and Darrell York
Robinson, Illinois



I am so sorry for your loss. I have nothing but fond memories of you and Kevin. I love you Susie .....

Rena Cain
Tuscola, Illinois


Susie, Jeff and Vickie,

I am so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. He was a great guy. Even after all these years I have many memories of him and all of them funny, happy ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Take care,

Vicki Madix
Madison, Wisconsin


Susie and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time.

Brenda Goode Ennen


We’re so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. He was a great man and will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Shawna Meneely and family
Champaign, Illinois


Susan, we are so sorry for your loss. Sometimes life just isn’t fair and words cannot express our sorrow. Kevin will be missed, and you will all be in our prayers. God bless.

Marsha and Calvin Dreger


In the memory of Kevin Swinford. Someone I am proud to have had him for a Friend.
I was in Champaign only a week earlier to visit my wife’s parents. I needed to pick up some documents from Champaign County Court House. On the way there I drove past Zarbuck Chiropractic Clinic. This was a place I went to often growing up in Champaign. One of my Best Friend(s) Father used to own it. Now it’s his son’s place. I hadn’t seen Gwain since my Father’s Funeral many years ago. I told myself I just have to stop in and say hi. In the parking lot, I sat and thought back to what some may call the old gang or child hood best friends. Kevin, Gwain, Jimmy, and me. I spent only 10 minutes catching up with Gwain where I asked about the old gang. The rest of the day my mind was flooded with childhood memories, and missing those days.

Then shockingly, only a week later, getting an email from Gwain with sad news of Kevin.

It’s sad to think how 40 to 50 years pass so quickly. At the same time how amazing God made our brains to remember those days. Today, Married since 1974, have 4 great kids and 8 wonderful grandkids.

But, the last several days my mind as focused on Kevin. Digging up those good times in my mind. Nan, my wife’s recollection was how mad she was at me for going to Kevin’s Bachelor party in 1979. I had gotten out of the Navy after 6 years on Submarine Duty. I was working at Nuclear Plant near Streator IL. We hadn’t found a house yet, so she was staying with her parents in Champaign. At that time my oldest son (Ben) was 4 and my oldest daughter (Ally) was two. Nan was pregnant with our 3rd. and periodically having some contractions. Nan remembers her parents were gone for the weekend and I insisted on going to Kevin’s Bachelor Party. Well I came home from the party feeling not much pain and she was justifiably cranky at me. In those days we didn’t have cell phones.
Nan went to the hospital the next day at 5 cm dialated...........

My memories of Kevin go back much further. To Lincoln grade school.
Kevin was always the great at sports, very athletic. He was always the fastest runner.

I recall one of those nationwide tests schools did back then to see how fit you were.
Kevin smoked us on the 40 yard dash. I recall saying I know I can do better ......trying to live up to Kevin. I tried re-running that 40 yard dash I think at least 4 times. Making excuses why I couldn’t run as fast as Kevin. I even tried running barefoot in the grass on one of my tries.

Kevin and I did almost everything together.

I recall going camping with Kevin’s parents several times. I recall one time at a campground near Monticello. And his Father (I think) buried a Turkey or something. They dug a hole and lined it with hot rocks and hot coals. Then put the meat wrapped in foil into the hole. Back filling with more coals and dirt. I remember asking Kevin is the meat going to have dirt on it...... He just laughed and called me a dork or something. Kevin then explained the process, including how long it would take. Which so happened it gave us time to fish and mess around at the creek.

Another time, I think Gwain was with us too. I recall being at campground near Matoon (I think). There was lake there and it was hot. And it so happened there were girls we knew from school camping there. Like stupid young boys we found ourselves naked in a tent. You see, one of us had great idea to go skinny dipping. And when finished, someone (girls) stole our clothes. We treaded water as long as we could. Wishing we had a coin to flip to see who was climbing out naked to find our clothes....... That’s how we ended up in our tent naked, and it wasn’t until morning before our clothes were returned.

Kevin took me with his family one long weekend down to Missouri (I think) to his Uncle’s Farm. It was a great place as I recall with several small lakes to fish.
And I got to help Bail Hay for the first time. I think I learned for the first time, what real work actually was.

One of Kevin’s first jobs was driving a home juice truck for my parents. All my friends had birthday’s earlier in the year. They all got their drivers license before me. My parents owned a business the delivered Home Juice and Charlie’s Chip’s. I used to run the routes with my parents since I was about 12.
My Dad found himself short of delivery salesman. So they gave my friends one of their first jobs. They had my friends Drive the Trucks and I would run the stop’s , together we filled in to help my parents out.

There is many more memories I could write about. Which is an amazing act by itself. Since I went past 55, I can’t remember anything....
Though Boys would never tell boy’s their feelings.....
But we all know how much we Loved and Cared about our Friends growing up.
Kevin was one of my closest friends.

I hate how time separates people........

Dear Lord, Again I pray—
Keep your arm’s tight around Kevin’s family and Friends, all that loved him, to give us all comfort. And take Kevin into your great house in heaven, keeping him there until its time you call us to come home. My Mom always loved Kevin, I am sure they are joking together now as I write this. My tears are flowing to much to write more and my heart aches

In Jesus Precious Name I pray

Keith Francis