Thomas H. Swisher

Thursday, May 14, 2020
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On Monday, April 20, 2020, Thomas H. Swisher entered into eternal life.

Tom was born in 1940 in Whitefish, Montana.  He graduated from high school in Lewiston, Idaho in 1958 however, he identified with “The Great of ‘58” of Whitefish.  Tom joined the US Navy, then attended UM, Missoula & received his PE Bachelor’s.  In 1965, he married Esther Norris of Browning.  They moved to Barrow, Alaska in 1970 & had two girls. He was active in the Lion’s Club (Treasurer ’71, President ’73), enjoyed hunting and participating in whaling. Tom worked for NSB Housing for 12 years.  In 2004, he & Esther moved into their Stevensville, Montana home which quickly became the family gathering place.  Tom joined the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s. After Esther passed in January of 2015, Tom had a hard time. He rekindled a friendship with his classmate, Carol and his smile returned! They were married July 9, 2016 & lived in Paradise Valley, Montana. In 2018, they moved to Arizona.

He thought kids were a real “kick in the pants” and often took his kids & grandkids camping, on the snow machine, 4-wheeler and golf cart rides.  Tom had a fun-loving, optimistic attitude and enjoyed word play.  When asked, “How are you?” he would reply, “OUTSTANDING, but getting better!” 

He is survived by his wife, Carol Newbury Howe Swisher; siblings, Mike Swisher (Ann) and Peggy Cain (Tom); brothers-in-law, Jack Norris and Eden Norris; daughters, Michelle Tyson (Eric) and Anna DelaRosa (Rick); eight grandchildren, Priscilla (USMC), Charles III, Thomas John, Eric, Jr., Ricky, Camron, Vada and Cassidy; a great-grandchild, Abigail; step-children, Dale Eyre (Gloria), Marianne Buller (Delmer), Mike Eyre and Kay McDonell (Aaron); 11 step-grandchildren; nieces, Lynn Rosenburg, Renee Evenson, Angela Schultz, Amy Elsmore and Denise Norris; nephews, Steven Trombley, Ty Evenson and Rory Cain; and many more family & dear friends.

Tom is reunited with his parents, Lester & Fay Swisher; sister, Louise Evenson; and his late wife, Esther Swisher.

A Catholic service was held May 2, 2020, at St. Mary’s Graveyard in Stevensville, Montana.  A memorial is to follow; for information please email with the subject, Memorial. The family encourages all who knew him, to attend. Tom had a social joy that was contagious, coupled with a remarkable memory. He often spoke fondly of and was able to quote, exact names of people and dates of events he remembered as far back as grade school.  

Condolences & memories may be shared at Memorial donations can be made to Knights of Columbus Council 13093, P.O. Box 851, Stevensville, Montana  59870.