CHARLESTON – Melvin Franklin Swinford, age 95 of Charleston, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home in Mattoon. There will be no services and inurnment to be attended by his immediate family will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Oakland, Illinois at a later time.
Melvin was born in Oakland, Illinois on June 17, 1925 and was a child of the late Leslie and Tressie (Green) Swinford. He was a graduate of Charleston High School and faithfully served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII from July of 1943 until May of 1946. He married Marjorie Brandt on October 10, 1948 and they celebrated 64 years of marriage prior to her death on June 28, 2013.
Melvin and Marjorie made their home in the Chicago area and he was employed in the security department of General Electric and for many years served as a dispatcher for Teamster Trucking Companies. He was a member of Teamster Union Local #710. Melvin, commonly referred to as “Buvy”, was a fan of Chicago Bears football and looked forward to enjoyable summer weekends spent in Braidwood, Illinois at their summer home.
Melvin’s family provided him with many of life’s greatest joys, with his grandchildren being one of the greatest. He is survived by his son, Michael Swinford and wife Kathy of Charleston; three grandchildren, Kelly Fricke and husband Dan of Naperville, Illinois, Michael Swinford and Nicole Swinford, both of Charleston and one great-grandchild, Aidan Fricke. He also leaves three sisters, Mona Parker of Lakewood, California, Marie McGlothlin and husband Ken of Jasper, Indiana, and Madonna Coffey and husband Bill of Ashmore, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded by a brother, Myron Swinford; and four sisters, Wanda Coffey, Mauvie Lenhart, Mildred Struska and Farie Hilderbrand.
Memorials in Melvin’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of the donor’s preference and may be mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, Illinois 61920.
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