Bill was a life-long resident of Canton, Pa. and passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 27, 2018 at the Guthrie Troy Community Hospital while surrounded by family. He was 83 years old.
John William, “Bill” to family and friends, was born Feb. 11, 1935 at the family home in Canton Township, a son of the late John A. and Helen (Jones) Swingle. He was a 1952 graduate of Canton High School and graduated from Penn State University majoring in Animal Husbandry studies. He also served in the U.S. Army and National Guard from 1956 – 1962. Bill found his calling early in life as a dairy farmer and steward of the land. With dedicated work and insight, he and his father improved the farm and livestock, establishing The Swingle Jersey Farm. His registered herd of Jerseys were shown for many years at the Troy Fair and the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. On Apr. 18, 1975, Bill and the former Pauline Wilcox Haflett were married in the Canton Church of Christ (DOC).