Robert Wayne Swigart ‘Bob’

October 25, 1944


January 4, 2021

Robert Wayne Swigart ‘Bob’

October 25, 1944


January 4, 2021

Robert Wayne Swigart “Bob” passed away at his sister’s home in Billings on Jan. 4, 2021. Knowing that his battle with cancer was coming to an end, he chose to leave his home in Maricopa, Arizona, to come back to his “birth” state, Montana. His loving sisters welcomed him with open arms, caring for him and surrounding him with love. Bob’s three children were all able to be with him for Christmas, which meant so much to him.

Bob was born to Jean and Shirley Swigart on Oct. 25, 1944, in Sidney. He attended school in Sidney, was active in the athletic program, especially basketball and football. Upon graduation from high school, he decided to enlist in the Navy. He was assigned to the USS Chevalier and served in Vietnam as part of his tour of duty. Upon his Navy discharge, he made his home in Arizona, working for over 40 years as a heavy machine operator and company superintendent.

Bob loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was happiest when fishing from his boat on a lake or river. Bob passed this passion on to his children.

In 1977, Bob married his wife Peggy. From this union, he gained a beautiful daughter, then added two sons to their family. After Peggy’s death in 2008, Bob married his present wife, Karin Latzer, in 2016.

Bob leaves behind his wife Karin; his children, Malishia Swigart, Robert Swigart II and Gene Swigart; his grandchildren, Emily, Rylee, Austin, Alyson and Samantha; his sisters, Jeannine Volebrecht, Cassandra Pierson (aka Candye) and Rayetta Bell; also many nieces and nephews who loved him very much.

Immediate family preceding Bob in death are his father, Jean; mother, Shirley; stepfather, Gussie Obergfell; and his grandson, Jordan Swigart.

A special thank you to two of his best friends, Bob Badt and Terry Kuecke. Bob Badt helped him get to and from many doctor appointments and stayed in closed contact. Terry drove long distances to visit him and to bolster his spirit.

We also want to thank Stillwater Hospice for the care they provided for Bob. We couldn’t have provided his good care without them.

Any donations in Bob’s honor may be made to Stillwater Hospice or to a Veteran’s Organization, as Bob was a proud veteran.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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    My condolences to Bob’s family and friends. He was a good classmate and friend. I had a nice visit with him a month ago. He impressed me by how tough he was mentally, emotionally and even though he was getting physically weaker, he wouldn’t quit. He should be an inspiration to many of us.

  2. My sympathy to the family!!! I went to school with Bob and graduated with him. He was absolutely one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. I’m so sorry he passed but I am glad that he’s out of pain!!! He’s left a mark on all of us and his memory will go on. not only through how we in Sidney, MT knew him but it will go on through his children. Jeannine, Candye and Rayette my thoughts are with you all!!! Sandi Beagle Angel

    1. Thank you Sandi, it is nice hear the kind thoughts about him from his friends. We miss him so much and he will always be in our hearts!

  3. Bob was a starter on the Sidney Eagles state championship basketball team in 1961-62 which won at the MSU Fieldhouse.
    He was absolutely one the most likable guys I had the opportunity to coach. I would not be able to say enough good things about him. His family has my most sincere, significant thoughts…Jim Haugen, Helena

    1. Jeannine Volbrecht

      Thank you. Bob spoke of you often and with respect. He dearly loved playing basketball and had great memories of his sports in Sidney. Although he played football, I saw most of his enthusiasm appear playing basket ball. I have always believed the sports program in Sidney taught him the self-control he needed. He was pretty much Dad’s boy and needed the good influence the good coaches gave him. You were there. Unfortunately, Sidney’s program has suffered for lack of good men regardless of their expertise in the sport. My eldest son reminds a great deal of Bob in his demeanor. I had hoped for good men as my son’s father was deceased also. My sons are good men in spite of the ugly attitudes the coaches exhibited around my eldest. Thank you for being a good man for boys like my brother and eldest son. It appears to be a oddity now with ego, bad attitude, selfishness, and lack of love for the sport in Sidney’s program. I graduated in 1961. I didn’t KNOW about non-interest in the athlete by the coaches. Wordy! Thank YOU!

    2. Thank you so much for your comments about Bob. He loved his sports and the coaches he played for. You were a great inspiration in life. He always spoke of you fondly.


  4. Thank you for your kind words, Jim. I told him of our visit when I spoke with you at the memorial for Jim Weitz. He thought highly of you and said so. We talked a little about his high school sports days when he was here with me. I wanted to know what positions he played in basketball and football. He told me and even remembered his numbers for each sport. He said those days were good memories. Thank you for being a part of his good memories

    Candye Pierson

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