James R. Swisher

Ranchester resident, James R. Swisher, 61, passed away on August 28, 2009 at his home.

Born September 19, 1947 in Opekeskia, West Virginia to Vernon and Geraldine (Garland) Swisher, he graduated from high school in Butte, MT and served in Vietnam. On December 8, 1971 he wed Charlotte I. Whepley in Great Falls, MT. They later moved to Ranchester and have resided there for 32 years. James enjoyed hunting, fishing, teaching his granddaughter Alyssa to bowl and play bluegrass.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, son Jim Swisher, daughter Deborah Johnson, step-son Corey Whelpley, brothers Vernon, Dave, and Will Swisher, and three granddaughters.

Cremation has taken place and private services will be held for family and close friends at a later date. Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.