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A. Paul Swaim

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

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A. Paul Swaim, 99, of Webb, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2007, at the Holstein Good Samaritan Center.

Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 2, 2007, at the First Baptist Church in Webb. Pastor Don Andrews officiated.

Interment was held at Garfield Township Cemetery in Webb.

A. Paul Swaim, the son of William G. and Ida Bell (Davis) Swaim, was born on Dec. 27, 1907, at Everly. In the spring of 1916 at the age of eight, Paul moved with his parents and his sister, Lula, to Webb, to be closer to Mrs. Swaim's families. His father purchased the mercantile store where Jackson's Café is located. Paul began his education at Everly, and continued his education at Webb where he graduated from the Webb High School.

Paul was united in marriage to Pearl Cross on Oct. 19, 1930. Due to health reasons, Paul was unable to serve his country in the armed forces during World War II, so he helped build air bases in Sioux City, Harvard, Neb. and Ottumwa. Pearl went home to be with the Lord in March of 1949. Paul married Gladys Dickerson on May 16, 1951, at Spencer, and they resided with his father until he passed away in 1969.

He worked for his best friend, Glenn Miller, and other farmers. Paul also worked for the Webb Telephone Company for six years and was a constable in Webb from 1929 to 1942. He was privileged to carry a Deputy's badge under four sheriffs. Paul was a faithful member of the Webb Volunteer Fire Department until his health failed. He served as fire chief four times. Paul and his partner, Gerald Lindquist, built several homes in Spencer and in the Iowa Great Lakes area. He also built bowling lanes in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North and South Dakota.

Paul attended the First Baptist Church of Webb for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Pearl; two sisters: Lula Miller and Ethelene Swaim; and two infant brothers.

Paul is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gladys, of Webb; and two sisters-in-law: Dorothy Mileham of Webb, and Marie Oman of Colorado.

The Sliefert Funeral Home of Sioux Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.

Those wishing to send an on-line condolence to the family may do so via the Sliefert website: www.sliefert.com