William R. Swan

Posted On September 22nd, 2011 -


Age 77, of Miles City, passed away suddenly on his ranch as a result of an ATV accident.

Bill was born in 1933, the son of Ralph and Mildred (Massey) Swan. Bill attended the University of Maryland and the Naval War College. After retiring as a Captain in the U.S.N., he went on to pilot ships in both Hawaii and Alaska. Finally, trading in a life at sea, he followed a lifelong dream of ranching in Montana.
Bill had a thirst for knowledge and a love for learning. He could beat anyone at Trivial Pursuit and always had a crossword or Sudoku puzzle going. He had a passion for baseball, whether it was live, on T.V. or fantasy. Bill was an avid poker player who traveled and was “all in” at many poker tournaments, but what he loved most, was spending time feeding and entertaining family and friends.

Bill is survived by his daughter, Rebecca and son-in-law Shawn Wiesz of Kapaau, Hawaii, sons, Hank Swan and daughter-in-law Darlene of Anchorage Alaska and Ralph Swan and daughter-in-law Ember of Anchorage, Alaska, his seven grandchildren Jordan, Dylan, Caleb, Reeve, Morgan, Haven, and Pierce, and his sister Jane and husband Frank Ratka of Dunwoody, Georgia.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011 with the family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 30, 2011 at the chapel of Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Burial will follow in the Eastern Montana Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. Refreshments and a time of reflection will follow at the Stevenson & Sons funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com or mail to P.O. Box 354, Miles City, Montana 59301.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran