Broomhead Funeral Home: Obituaries

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Harry Lewis Swofford Harry Lewis Swofford
(October 16, 1916 - August 8, 2013)

U.S. Veteran Master Builder

1916 – 2013

The world lost a builder today. Harry Lewis Swofford was a builder of homes, hospitals, churches, schools, toys, lives and memories. But he leaves behind him a legacy of building in his 6 children, 36 grandchildren and 93 great grandchildren and their spouses. They gathered from sea to sea to express their love and encouragement as Harry picked up his tool box and “moved on to the next job”. He was born in Melrose, Montana on October 16, 1916 to Ralph Odown Swofford and Lucille Lewis with sisters, Verna and Virginia. Learning the carpenter trade very early from his Uncle Clyde, he was a member of the Carpenter’s Union until he died. He was fair, kind and generous and men who worked for him loved and respected him. Time with family was his favorite time. He built a mountain cabin with the help of learning hands to provide a place for gathering. Dorothy and Harry brought loved ones together often in their family room and garden. He loved dancing, camping, hiking, “tripping” with friends and family. Harry served in World War II with the Navy Sea Bee’s, discharged as a Chief Petty Officer. He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of his life loving and serving Heavenly Father and his neighbors well. Left to keep their legacy alive is his sweet Dorothy, wife of 75 years. Also Joan and Earl Bone, Betty and Vern Francis, Cathy and Dee Warner, Marilyn and Blair Garside, Scott and Debra Swofford, Bonnie Mae and Layne Peterson and their families. A Funeral will be held on Monday, August 12th at 11:00 AM in the Riverton Ranch LDS Ward House at 1500 West 13200 South, Riverton, Utah. There will be a viewing prior to the service at 9:30 A.M. at the church.