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Story Last modified at 10:16 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ronald LeRoy Swavely

Dec. 31, 1929- Nov. 7, 2010

Wasilla resident, Ronald LeRoy Swavely, 80, died Nov. 7, 2010, in Wasilla.

Interment will take place at Fort Richardson National Cemetery at a later date.

Ronald was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Sioux City, S.D., son of Roy Melvin and Hilda Matilda (Statum) Swavely. He moved to Alaska in 1961 when he re-enlisted in the Army and was transferred there. He looked forward to being a part of the growth that would take place in Alaska. He lived in the Eagle River area until 1980 and then moved to Wasilla where he lived until his death. Ronald was an HO-scale train enthusiast, especially the Great Northern and Alaska railroads and also enjoyed doing genealogy. He worked as a house-framing building contractor.

Ronald's family said he will always be loved and missed. He looked forward to joining his Lord, his wife, Joan, and son Robert and family in heaven.

Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; son Robert; and his parents, Roy and Hilda. He is survived by his sons Leonard and Thomas of Palmer, Lawrence of Peters Creek, and Darcy of Bethel, Wash.; daughter Theresa Miller of Wasilla; sisters Susan Smith of Minneapolis and Sandra Otten of Sioux Falls; and brothers Bruce of Balsum Lake, Wis., and Dennis of Elgin, Minn. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and a multitude of extended family of which he was the patriarch.

The family is being cared for by Valley Funeral Home & Crematory Wasilla.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.