Lebanon Reporter

Obituaries

July 23, 2013

Duane R. Swisher

Mr. Duane Ray Swisher, 55, of Lebanon, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Crawfordsville.

Duane was born May 28, 1958, in Crawfordsville, the son of Donald Lee and Delores Faye (Baldwin) Swisher.

Reared and educated in Montgomery County, Duane graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1976. He attended Ball State University, where he was on the swim team and received his bachelor’s degree. He then went on to DePauw University, where he received his master’s degree in education.

He was first married to Sally J. (Todd) Swisher in 1981; they divorced. On March 24, 2007, he married Martha Ann Taylor at Dover Christian Church in Dover. Mrs. Swisher survives.

Duane was a teacher at Western Boone High School for 24 years. While at WeBo, he acted as the health/physical education teacher, swim coach and aquatics director. He retired in 2013. Prior to that, he taught at South Vermillion High School for seven years. Duane enjoyed teaching in and out of the classroom, whenever and wherever a moment presented itself.

Dedicated to his family, Duane loved spending time with his wife and children. In his limited spare time, he enjoyed working with his hands, whether it was building a canoe or a house. His hobbies included being outside, hiking, climbing and sailing. Among his greatest achievements were being a 1980 Olympic Team Member, World Triathlon Team Member, and an epic father!

He attended Dover Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Martha A. Swisher of Lebanon; parents, Donald L. and Delores F. Swisher of Crawfordsville; three children, Ty Andrew (Amber R.) Swisher of Evansville, Heather N. (fiancé, Ryan D. Heck) Richardson of Indianapolis and Sean E. Richardson of Lebanon; sister, Deanna (Nick) Stonebrook of Okemos, Mich.; mother-in-law, Mary Frances Taylor of Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews.

Duane was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Leo J. Taylor.

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