Jimmie “Jimmy” Ray Swanner, 79, of Sheridan passed away at home on March 3, 2018.
Jimmy was born on July 13, 1938 to Elton Troy and Gertrude (Blohm) Swanner in Floresville, Texas. After high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Moffett Field, California. He married Sherry Yvonne Mayfield on June 6, 1958, while home on leave. After his tour in the Navy, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk in San Antonio, TX, then in Corpus Christi, TX where he was promoted to Supervisor. In 1984, Jimmy and his family moved to Sheridan, WY, and he worked for the Sheridan Post Office until he retired in 1993.
Jimmy enjoyed and was loved by his family and friends. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed salt-water fishing on the Texas coast. He also enjoyed hunting in the Big Horn Mountains, gardening, bowling, and barbecuing. He loved to barbecue for his family, and was well-known by family and friends for his homemade barbecue sauce and salsa.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother, Walter Swanner, and his brothers-in-law, Marcus “Buddy” Mayfield, Estes Lindley and Richard Hughey. He is survived by wife, Sherry; his daughter, Kimberly Anne Cummins (Phillip), and sons, Steven Mark Swanner and Kevin Todd Swanner (Keri), of Sheridan, WY; his sisters, Barbara Hughey of San Antonio, TX and Betty Mills (Richard) of Floresville, TX; his sisters-in-law, Charlotte “Molly” Lindley and Darleean Mayfield of Sheridan, WY, and Estella Swanner of Pflugerville, TX; 7 grandchildren, Joshua Cummins (Becky), Benjamin Cummins (Gail), Zachary Cummins (Amanda), Matthew Cummins (Cassidie), Beth Ann Malkemes, Brianna Swanner, and Nathan Swanner (Kyllisha); 13 great-grandchildren, Kobie, Brandon, Eli, Matthew, Connor, Afton, Madison, Caleb, Blake “Biggie”, Aiden, Kennedie, Karter, and Natalie; 3 step-grandchildren, Jenny, Jeremy, and Kyle; and 9 step-great-grandchildren, Chance, Kaci, Xayan, Kaleb, Tije, Brysn, Lane, Aydyn, and Keaton.
A Celebration of Life with Military Honors will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at the Bethesda Worship Center with Pastor Scott Lee officiating. A reception will follow at the church.
Memorials to honor Jimmy may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.