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William Henry Swarbrick

Published: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 1:55 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 1:55 a.m. CST

DIXON –William Henry Swarbrick, 92, passed away on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Serenity Home and Hospice in Oregon.

He was the son of William Swarbrick and Meta Oltman of Nokomis. 

Before his 1985 retirement, Bill served for 17 years as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dixon. He was born May 30, 1920, in Nokomis, and decided at age 12 that he would become a minister. During 38 years in the ministry, Pastor Swarbrick served Mount Moriah Lutheran Church at Anna and St. Mark Lutheran Church in Dubuque, Iowa, organized and served as first pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church at Pekin, served Old Trinity Lutheran Church in Carthage and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dixon. He also spent 2 years as Lutheran evangelism director for the Midwest.

In addition to devotion to serving the Lord, Bill loved adventure and travel, hiking and climbing mountains. He visited 76 countries and hosted many foreign travel tours. 

Bill married Frances Pervier on July 30, 1944. He is survived by his wife, Fran, of Dixon; daughter, Bonnie Swarbrick Morehouse (Richard) of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Jeanne Rager (Van Johnson); son, Mark Swarbrick (Josephine) of Dixon; sisters, Mildred Trede of Grafton, Wis., Lillian Pinkston of Pekin; 10 grandchildren: Jason Rager of Winnebago; Monte Rager of Lake Summerset, Ryan Rager of Minneapolis; Roxanne Rager of Rockton; James Swarbrick of Dixon; Andy Swarbrick of Dixon, Eric Swarbrick of Phoenix; Carla Pitui of Franklin Grove, Jared Swarbrick of Tucson; and Chloe Swarbrick of Dixon; and 15 great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 414 S. Fifth St. in Oregon, with the Revs. Gary Blobaum and Roger Asplund officiating. A luncheon at the church will follow. A memorial has been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oregon.

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