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Arden Lee Swisher


   Arden Lee Swisher 81, passed away Mar. 31, 2012 at his home in St. Anthony following a long battle with cancer.

Art was born Oct. 19, 1930 in Newberry, Michigan to Arden Swisher Sr. and Myrtle Cadwell Swisher. He spent most of his childhood years in Germfask, Michigan.

At a very young age he was taught to strip logs and learned a good work ethic by working on the old homestead. In l951 he enlisted in the Army and served a two year mission from l952 to 1954 in Korea as a private 1st class. After his return he married Viola Pelton and they raised 8 children and were later divorced. In l976 he married Annette Olsen. They traveled west and settled in St. Anthony where they raised three children.

Art worked various jobs throughout his live and was a man of all trades. He enjoyed reading the daily paper, watching old war movies, listening to country classics and football. His most prized possession however was his family.

He is survived by a brother Leonard Swisher, and a sister Mary Ellen Wagner both of Michigan. His estranged wife Annette Olsen Swisher, St. Anthony, ID. 11 Children, Arden (Ada) Swisher, Myrtle Goodrich, Ida (Jim) Cunningham, Louis (Bob) McNutt, Rex Swisher, Linda Gallahier, all of Michigan; Kay (Ronald) Haas, Indiana; Charles Swisher, Wisconsin; Jack (Michelle) Swisher, Teresa (Walt) Ashment and John (Destani) Swisher all of Idaho. 39 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren and 11 Great Great Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents 3 sisters and 3 brothers and a granddaughter and a son-in-law.

Memorial services will be conducted Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2012 at 3:00 P.M. in the Bidwell Funeral Home with Pastor Laux, Officiating. Interment will be in the St. Anthony Riverview Cemetery where military rites will be preformed by the St. Anthony V.F.W. and American Legion.


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