Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, February 14, 2002
OBITUARY - JOSEPH WILLIAM SWIETLIK
Joseph William SWIETLIK was born April 14, 1934, at Mount Ayr, Iowa to Frank and Viola (COOK) SWIETLIK and departed this
life on February 6, 2002, at the age of 67 years, nine months and 23 days.
Joe moved to Chicago, Illinois with his parents at the age of three. He grew up in Chicago through most of his teenage
years, returning to Mount Ayr during the summer to work with his uncle, Glenn POTTORFF.
From 1952 to 1955, he served [as a corporal] with the U.S. Marines in the Korean Conflict.
In 1956, he was married to Nola Lavon ADAMS and to this union was born four children: Debra, Steven, Teena and Nancy.
He was a very mechanical minded person and could fix most anything. He was a great husband and father and a great provider,
never missing a day of work.
He worked for Smith Oil Company for 35 years doing many jobs, mainly a propane truck driver. For the past three years he
has been employed with Gerold's Plumbing.
He enjoyed fishing and watching TV. He also enjoyed foot races with his grandchildren and until recently had won most of
He was preceded in death by his parents and a number of aunts and uncles.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nola, of Mount Ayr; three daughters, Debra SIEDLEMANN and husband Ron of Milford,
Nebraska, Teena CHURCH and husband Ron of Tescott, Kansas and Nancy BOHANNAN and husband Scott of Corning, Iowa; one son,
Steven SWIETLIK, and wife Sandy of Tingley, Iowa; 10 grandchildren, Shanna SPURR and husband Jayson, Elizabeth SIEDLEMANN,
Brittany BOHANNAN, Amanda BOHANNAN, Kelsey CHURCH, Jessica SWIETLIK, Brandon CHURCH, Tyler Church, Ryan BOHANNAN and
Jeremiah SWIETLIK; one great-grandson, Dylan SPURR; one sister, Pat PIECUCH of Elk Grove Village, Illinois; one brother,
David SWIETLIK of Bartlett, Illinois; a half-brother, Richard SWIETLIK in Ohio; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 9, 2002 at Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr with Pastor
Phil CAMPBELL officiating. A eulogy was given by Randy SMITH. Casketbearers were Charlie FLETCHALL, Lyle MAIN, Marvin
WOOLLUMS, Bob POTTORFF, Malcolm EIGHMY and Dean FROST. Honorary pallbearers were Brittany BOHANNAN, Ryan BOHANNAN, Amanda
BOHANNAN, Brandon CHURCH, Kelsey CHURCH, Beth SIEDLEMANN, Tyler CHURCH, Jessie SWIETLIK, Jeremiah SWIETLIK and Shanna
Military rites were conducted by Ringgold Post #172 American Legion. Joseph was laid to rest in the Marshalltown Cemetery, Benton, Iowa
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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