Robert Swilley, 89

Mr. Robert Gene Swilley, age 89, of Jones, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Grace Healthcare in Three Rivers. He was born on February 18, 1929 in South Bend, the son of the late John Sr. and Margaret (Bogal) Swilley.

Robert graduated from John Adams High School in 1946. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Army from 1951 until his discharge in 1957. On May 29, 1954 Bob was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mrs. Marilyn (Schricker) Swilley. Bob was employed at L.O. Gates Chevrolet for twenty-eight years and also Quonset Brake and Front End Service of Mishawaka. He later retired from General Motors Hydromatic in Three Rivers. He was also a member of the American Legion Post # 484 of Millersburg, Indiana.

Robert was preceded in death by one brother, John Swilley Jr., one sister, Marian Sanders.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Marilyn Swilley; daughters, Ruth Ann (Mickey) Cornwell, and Nancy (Richard) Hotovy; grandchildren, Michael (Carrie) Kline and Holly (Brandyn) Polmateer; great grandchild, Alexis.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the time of memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17th, 2018 at the Corey Church of the Nazarene, 10056 Water St, Three Rivers, MI 49093 with Pastor Gary Carr officiating.

Interment will take place at Poe Cemetery, Newberg Twp., MI.

Memorial donations may be made to Newberg Ambulance Dept. or Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Envelopes available at the Hohner Funeral Home in care of Bob’s arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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