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Gilbert Swinson

May 14, 2019

Gilbert “Gib” M. Swinson, 65, of Watertown, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Family and friends may gather at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with Rev. Jeffrey Meyer officiating. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.

Gilbert “Gib” Martin Swinson was born on May 15, 1953, to George and Dorothea (nee Billingsley) Swinson in Olney, Illinois. He was a 1971 graduate of Libertyville High School. Directly after finishing high school, Gib worked as a carpenter; then at Winchester House, Libertyville, Illinois. He spent many years working with Continental Grain and moved to Watertown with the company. On Oct. 18, 2003, Gilbert married Heidi at Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown. In his later years, he became transportation manager for Daybreak Foods in Lake Mills and retired from there in 2018. During his retirement, Gib enjoyed restoring his home, traveling with his wife, Heidi, being a grandpa and he had a lifelong passion for cars and trucks. Gib was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, and previously Diamond Lake United Methodist Church. Gilbert will be remembered as a loving husband, father, stepfather, papa and grandpa.

He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Heidi Swinson; children, Autumn (Ethan) Burns, Erin (Jake) Lueck, Ian Swinson, Corinn Swinson; stepchildren, James (Paula) Leverentz, Sasha (Jamal) Palmer, Corey (Katie) Leverentz; grandchildren, Brydon, Sophia, Rhys, Payton; sister-in-law, Miriam; nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends, who will deeply miss his infectious laughter and smile.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Bill Swinson.

Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service

611 E. Main St., Watertown.