Richard A. (Dick) Swiler

March 21, 2019

Richard A. (Dick) Swiler passed away peacefully at his home on March 14, 2019 surrounded by his wife of 72 years and his family.

Dick was born on November 27, 1928;and was the son of Bryan L. Swiler and Lillian Swiler. He graduated from Marion schools and entered into marriage to the love of his life Arlene Raymond on March 22, 1947. Together they had four children; Diana (Steve) Baker, Dennis (Cindy) Swiler, Daniel (Cindie Rae) Swiler, and Debra (Mike Erickson) Boudrie.

Richard A. (Dick) Swiler

Richard A. (Dick) Swiler

Dick had many careers starting in the farming business, car sales and finance in the area, but most of all will be remembered for Swiler’s Fruit Market and Swiler’s Sport Center. He also was very involved with school sports where he volunteered for many years doing many things, such as running the clock, clearing off the football field, and anything that involved his children and grandchildren. If anyone needed anything done Dick was always there to help. He was involved with the Niver’s Team Highland Racing team to which they were inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame. After retirement Dick and Arlene spent many years at Country Aire Village in Zephyrhills, Florida where he continued to be of help to any of the many activities that took place at the park.

His wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren were his life and they all meant the world to him. He attended most of all of their sporting events and school events; he loved to deer hunt with his sons and grandsons, fish, and planting flowers at his home.

He leaves behind his wife and children, his grandchildren Todd (MaLinda) Baker, Trisha (Scott) Schepers, Thad (Jennifer) Baker, Mike (Barb) King, David (Karen) Swiler, Stacie (Doug) Zeien, Nathan (Bridget) Swiler, Amy (Duane) Dykhouse, Adam (Laura) Swiler, Christopher (Laura) Boudrie, Jennifer (Ben) Cobb, as well as 26 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren, his brother Bryce (Carol) Swiler, brother in-law Carl Raymond, Bruce (Sharon) Raymond, and Dale (Linda) Raymond, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Bryan L. Swiler and Lillian Swiler, his sister and brother in-law Carol and Dan Fetterman, father and mother in-law Daniel and Louella Raymond, sister in-law Pauline Raymond, son in-law William Boudrie, granddaughter Tammy Boudrie, and daughter in-law Loretta Swiler. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Services for Dick will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Marion United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Mort, and Dick’s brother Bryce Swiler officiating, visitation will be Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM, and one hour prior to the service service on Sunday. A luncheon will follow the service. In lieu flowers, memorial contributions may be made out to the Marion United Methodist Church (216 W. Main St. Marion, MI 49665) or Hospice of Michigan (932 N Mitchell St, Cadillac, MI 49601) in memory of Richard Swiler. Funeral arrangements were handled by the Burkholder Family Funeral Home in McBain, thoughts and prayers may be left at

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