Charles R. “Charlie" Swyers, 84, loving husband, father and grandfather, died Thursday, May 27, 2021. A Rosary will be held at 5:30 pm, Tuesday, June 1, with the Funeral Mass at 11:00 am, Wednesday, June 2, both at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Charlie was born on November 26, 1936 in Sugar Creek, Pennsylvania to Bert and Violet Swyers. A few years later, the family moved to Independence, Kansas where he spent the remainder of his childhood. Charlie attended the University of Kansas, and following a brief stint in the Army, graduated from Washburn University.
In 1961 Charlie and his wife Evelyn moved to Wichita, where he began his career at Koch Industries. His career there would last 33 years until his retirement in 1994, at which time he was the Executive Vice President of Koch Refining Company. His main passion in life was his family. He loved watching his kids and grandkids participate in all of their activities. He loved spending time with his family in Keystone, Colorado. When he wasn’t with his family you could find Charlie watching his beloved Jayhawks and Cincinnati Reds.
Charlie was preceded in death by Evelyn, his loving wife of 52 years, as well as his parents and brother Jack Swyers. He is survived by his sons, Scott (Jackie) Swyers and Chris (Katie) Swyers, all of Wichita; grandchildren, Taylor and Davis Swyers and Charlie and Sam Swyers; and brother, Bill (Tina) Swyers of Independence, KS.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with Alzheimer’s Association and Wichita Children’s Home. Share condolences at www.cozine.com. Services by Cozine Memorial Group – Broadway Mortuary.
Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Kansas
1820 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214
Wichita Children's Home
7271 E. 37th St. N., Wichita KS 67226