PLEASE NOTE THE COMMITTAL SERVICE WILL BE MONDAY, DECEMBER 7TH AT 2:00 P.M.
DUE TO FEDERAL AND STATE GUIDANCE ON GATHERINGS DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, MASKS ARE REQUIRED AT THE VISITATION AND FUNERAL SERVICE. THE FUNERAL SERVICE WILL BE LIVE STREAMED ON THE FOUTS FUNERAL HOME WOODBINE FACEBOOK PAGE STARTING AT 10:30 a.m. WE WILL BE LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE FUNERAL HOME FOR THE VISITATION TO 15 AT A TIME.
Howard Orval Swanger was born on August 23, 1933, to John Albert and Faye (Chichester) Swanger in Logan, Iowa. He was raised near Logan, attended school, and worked for his parents on the farm. Howard married Barbara McCormick in Omaha, Nebraska on November 22, 1968. Howard was the general manager at Great Plains Supply Lumber Yard for 15 years. He was also a butcher at Harvey’s Grocery Store in Logan. Howard and Barbara purchased the Logan Mini Mart in January of 1983, and operated it together for 15 years. Howard served the City of Logan as Mayor for a time and drove a bus for the Logan School. Howard and Barbara became foster parents in 1968, and were able to foster over 400 children.
Howard loved his western shows. He also knew the value of volunteering and served on the Logan Fire and Rescue Department. Most of all Howard loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Additionally, Howard was a great story teller and a prankster.
Howard died Sunday, November 29, 2020, at the Accura Healthcare of Le Mars, Iowa at the age of 87 years, three months, and six days.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara on September 30, 2001; and all of his siblings, Henry, Harry, Ernie, Herb, Harvey and Elizabeth. He is survived by his 13 children, Karen Swanger, Pauline Van Os, Howard Swanger Jr., Tommy Swanger, Kathy Swanger, Fred Swanger, Sarah Swanger, Bobby Swanger, Derek Swanger, Stephanie Johnson, Ashley Petersen, Luke Swanger and Matt Swanger; three step-children, Dennis Long, Gary Long and Mark Long; several grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.