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Samuel F. Swinehart

March 14, 1947 ~ March 3, 2019 (age 71)

of Kalamazoo

Samuel Swinehart, 71, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019. He was born March 14, 1947 in Kalamazoo to the late Floyd and Eleanor (Olmsted) Swinehart. Sam was united in marriage to Sue Steele on May 10, 1969. Sam graduated from Portage High School in 1965 and lived his entire life in Portage. He was an avid card player of all kinds and enjoyed playing bridge at the Senior Center. As Sam grew older, he developed a passion for model trains. Whenever the opportunity presented itself, he would drag Sue with him to model train shows, sometimes a few hours away. Sam and Sue enjoyed spending time traveling up north to the many small casinos that Michigan has to offer. Sam thoroughly enjoyed spending time watching his grandchildren play sports and participate in school activities. Another passion of Sam's was his yard, so much so that he pulled weeds on his hands and knees. Sam is survived by his wife, Susan Swinehart; sons, James (Sherri) Swinehart and their children, Brittany (Taylor), Tyler and Sydney; Jon (Ann) Swinehart and their children, Kyle and Sara; brother, Dennis (Kathy) Swinehart; and lifelong friend, Hisko. The family will greet friends on Monday, March 11th from 3-8 pm at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 S. 9th St. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Lung Association. Please visit Sam's personalized webpage at

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