Amarillo Globe-News

Mass will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with Monsignor Joseph Tash officiating. Entombment will be at Llano Praying Hands private mausoleum. Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home, 4100 S. Georgia St.

Bob was born in Brinkman, Okla. during the Depression to very poor, loving immigrant parents. Following the death of his parents at an early age, he worked his way up through serving in the U.S. Army, receiving several medals of honor and commendations. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University and graduated with a degree in pharmacy.

He married Marie Malouf, his soul mate and love of his life, in Hereford in 1967. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. He was a pharmacist and owner of D & S Pharmacy for 42 years. He was a man who enjoyed gardening, fishing and most of all, his family. He used his gardening skills to bless the Children's Home with free vegetables. He will be dearly missed by family, friends and the community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Marie Malouf Swayden, on May 30, 2000.

Survivors include five children, two daughters, Dr. Michelle Henke of Flower Mound and Dr. Tracie Swayden of North Richland Hills; three sons, Kelly Robert Swayden of Amarillo, Michael Gene Swayden of Flower Mound and Dr. Christopher Swayden of Dallas; three sisters, Florine Wilkins, Tommie Lou Swayden and Margaret Johnston, all of Amarillo; two brothers, LeRoy Swayden of Medicine Lodge, Kan., George Swayden Jr. of Isabel, Kan.; and five grandchildren, Sabra, Jaden, Ella Marie, Michael David and Davis Michael.

The family suggests memorials be to Catholic Family Service, 200 S. Tyler, Amarillo, TX 79101 or The Presbyterian Home for Children, 3400 S. Bowie, Amarillo, TX 79109.

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