Max Roland Swackhamer

May 15, 2017

Max Roland Swackhamer, 71, of Frankfort, IN, died at 3:15 a.m. Monday, May 15, 2017 in his home.  Born May 26, 1945 in Frankfort to Paul and Marie (Tompkins) Swackhamer.  He married Sue Anne Harrison on August 1, 1965 at the Colfax United Methodist Church and she survives.

Max was proud to be a Jackson Cardinal and a 1963 graduate of Clinton Prairie High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, President of the FFA, Hoosier Farmer Degree Winner, and #35 on the basketball team.  He was also a 10 year 4-H member.  He graduated from the Purdue Short Course in 1964.  Max farmed grain and livestock for 40 years.  He was a sales associate for Wright Hardware in Colfax, worked in the electrical department for Beard Industry/Brock for 14 years, and worked in grounds maintenance at Wesley Manor for 5 seasons.  Max was a member of the New Hope Church for 48 years and had been attending Colfax United Methodist Church.  He was a Past Master of Plumb Lodge #472 in Colfax, Past Worthy Patron of Colfax OES #201, served as State Secretary of FFA, and was State President Junior Leaders.  He was a Clinton Prairie School Board member 1981-1984.  Max enjoyed reading and teaching the Bible in Sunday School and Bible Study.  He was an avid Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. fan, enjoyed watching basketball and football – especially Purdue, working and “mowing the weeds” and watching The Price is Right.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Colfax United Methodist Church, c/o Elaine Bowen, 6961 South County Road 750 West, Colfax, IN  46035.



Visitation and Services

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017 at Goodwin Funeral Home.  Friends may visit 2-6 p.m. Sunday, May 21st at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park.

Survived by:

Surviving along with his wife Sue of Frankfort are his Sons:  Jason Todd Swackhamer of Mulberry and Jon Kevin Swackhamer of Frankfort; Daughter:  Anne Marie (Husband:  Ryan) Fagan of Swayzee, IN; Grandchildren:  Kiley Anne and Tyler Harrison Fagan of Swayzee, IN; Brother:  Gene (Wife:  Sharon) Swackhamer of Sparks, MD; Sister-in-law:  Wilma Swackhamer of Lebanon; along with several cousin, nieces and nephews.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother:  James Swackhamer.


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28 Condolences for “Max Roland Swackhamer”

  1. Jon and Tammy Martin May 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    With our deepest condolences, Jon and Tammy Martin

  2. Joan Jacoby May 17, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    He was loved & respected by many! Sending love & prayers!

  3. Jessica Arnold May 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    The whole family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time. May God bless and keep you all. Max has made a lasting impression in my life since I was a little girl. Love you all.

  4. Rhonda Fish-Johnston May 17, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you. Max was a great and well respected gentleman, and will be missed.

  5. Jeff (Ralph) Reecer May 17, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Prayers and condolences to the family. Loved working with Max at Wesley Manor. Max was a very special person and he will be missed.

  6. Marilyn Mundy May 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers, though you would not likely know me. My family lived across the road from Max’s for four years when we were children. Our name was Snodgrass. Max and I often played cowboys and Indians, or whatever else came into our minds. I don’t believe we ever got into trouble. My parents loved Max, and I remember him as a really sweet young boy. Please accept my condolences for your loss.
    Marilyn Mundy

  7. Max Rodibaugh May 17, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Max was always ready to share his great smile! It was a pleasure to know hiim-peace to the family at this difficult time.

  8. Janet Gray May 17, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    See and Family,
    Ours thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Max will be miss he was a great person. I will miss seeing that smile.
    God Bless,
    Dick and Janet Gray

  9. Nicki Stillings May 17, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Sorry for your loss, Sue; I’m sure your kids will be of great comfort to you.

  10. Sheri Swackhamer May 17, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Beautiful tribute to Max in the video. Fond memories over the years. My sincerest condolences to Sue, Jason, Jon, Anne & family. I’m sorry I can’t travel out there for the funeral, but you will all be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you!

  11. Brenda Dick May 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Sue, my deepest sympathy for your loss of Max, your life partner. Sending prayers and hugs for you and all family and friends who knew and loved Max. God Bless You and guide you as you begin this new season of life. While I only knew him from our transplant , I knew he was a kind and gentle man.

  12. Alan R Lane May 18, 2017 at 12:01 am

    My condolences to Sue Swackhamer and family. God Bless one of the Colfax boys. Alan Lane

  13. Marilyn Collins Thrush May 18, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Max and Sue Swackhamer were such a great couple! Your memorial video was just great and brought tears! Thank you for sharing! Joy and I always loved being with the Swackhamer family! Sending love and prayers to all of you! Blessings- Marilyn Collins Thrush and Joy Thrush Boberg

  14. Karen Nicholson May 18, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Sue, I’m so very sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend. Take care. Love Karen

  15. Denise Cothron May 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Dear Sue & Family,
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to each of you. Every time I would talk to Gene or Sharon, I would ask about Max. What a courageous man who kept on gallantly fighting the battle with grace. I surely looked upon Max with great respect. May our good Lord hold you in his loving arms to sustain you & bring you His peace. My thoughts & prayers have been with you during this journey & will continue for you.
    With Love,
    Denise Cothron

  16. Karen Nicholson May 18, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Sue, I’m so very sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend. Take care. Love, Karen

  17. Erilda & Ron Coleman May 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Dearest Sue & Family,
    Our hearts were so saddened to hear of Max’s passing. Such a kind and loving kind of guy. Know you will miss him. Ron enjoyed working with Max at Beard (Brock) for many years. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. God Bless. Ron & Erilda

  18. Donna Atkinson English May 18, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Beautiful tribute, my heart and prayers go out to you.

  19. Judy Miller May 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Sue and family, you have our heartfelt sympathy. Max was a wonderful man and left a great legacy for his family.

    Judy and Steve Miller

  20. Ron Hall May 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Sue and family, sorry to hear of Max passing.

    Ron Hall

  21. Fran Reagan May 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    So sorry I will be out of town for the funeral but you will be in my thoughts & prayers. Max was a great person as well as all the family. God Bless all of you as you begin a new chapter in your life without Max & your Dad. Sending my love.

  22. Carol and Kevin Hamilton May 18, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Anne and family,
    Our best to all of you. Clinton County’s loss is heaven’s gain. Think of all of you often.

  23. Jami Pratt May 19, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I worked with Max at Brock and he was always so great to talk to. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  24. Reid & Beverly Knapp May 20, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Sorry to hear about Max, your family will be in our prayers.

  25. Carolyn Davis May 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Max and I rode the same school bus and ate pears together on the bus. We played basketball together even though he was much taller. Max got us organized for our 50th class reunion with the Jackson Alumni.
    Max always had a big smile on his face and was always caring about others. What a great family member he was. Your family was truly blessed. My God give your family peace at this time.

  26. Alan Gish May 20, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Max’s passing. You have my sincere sympathy. Alan

  27. Mark and Bonnie Houze May 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Sorry for your loss, he was loved. God Bless you and your family. Prayers

  28. Bill & Lora Layton May 21, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    So sorry to the Swackhamer family for your loss. To Jason, sorry I won’t have strawberries–started a new patch last fall & they’re not producing many berries this year.

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