Robert Dean Swinford Jr., 66, passed away at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at his home surrounded by family.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Renner-Wikoff Chapel in Urbana. Procession to Woodlawn Cemetery for a Graveside Service will follow the visitation.
Bob was born in Danville on October 30, 1952 to parents Robert and Jane (Allen) Swinford. Robert Sr. preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death was his sister Laura Roy.
He is survived by his mother Jane Swinford of Rantoul, his children; Scott (Shanna Brock) Swinford of Tucson, AZ and Michelle (Christopher) Brooks of Georgetown. His brother Todd Swinford of Urbana and two grandchildren; Derek (Cherie Shuman) and Zachory S. Swinford also survive him.
Bob received his Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and two Associate Degrees from Parkland College.
Bob was the kind of man who had to stay busy and enjoyed helping people and was a friend of Bill W. for 28 years. He worked as a counselor for Carle Foundation Hospital, a drug and alcohol counselor at Crosspoint and the Prairie Center and most recently he was the Director of the Salvation Army Men’s Shelter.
He had many close friends that he regarded as family and that meant so much to him. Bob was an amazing father, son, brother, grandfather and friend, he was a hero to everyone who had the honor of knowing him. He left this life on his own terms and with great dignity. He was loved by so many and will always be in our hearts and will never be forgotten.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to any local animal shelter.
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