William “Bill” J. Swires of Eugene, OR died on November 11, 2018 at the age of 83.
He was born on April 9, 1935 in Canadian, Texas, to parents Archie and Anna (Evans) Swires.
He served in the U.S. Army. He was a millwright at Weyerhaeuser for 35 years. Bill enjoyed wood carving, fishing, crabbing, camping, metal sculpting, and working with his hands. He especially enjoyed outings with the family. He was a member of the Coburg Road Church of Christ. Bill married Kathleen Joiner on May 5, 1957 in Eugene. He is survived by Kathleen of Eugene; son, Barry Swires of Kelso, WA; daughter, Laura (Rob) Blackwell of Scappoose, OR; son, Ken Swires of Cottage Grove, OR; daughter, Lesa (Kevin) Miller of Sutherlin, OR; daughter, Karen (John) Lawrence of Happy Valley, OR; brothers, Ernest and Jerry Swires and sister, Stella Holt, all of Texas; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 16, at the Coburg Road Church of Christ in Eugene. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 15 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel in Cottage Grove. There will be a private burial in Creswell Pioneer Cemetery on Friday, November 16. Arrangements are in the care of Smith-Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel.