COURTLAND, Kansas (SmallTownPapers) -- Oliver W. Swayne, was born July 12, 1928, at Oxnard, California, and passed away on May 4, 2012, at the Salina Regional Health Center, Salina, Kansas, age 83 years, 7 months, and 22 days.

Oliver grew up and attended public schools in California. Following his education, he joined the United States Army and served until his honorable discharge. He then worked in construction as a dry wall contractor in California, building new homes. Oliver then moved to Kearney, Nebraska, where he worked in road and street construction in the Kearney, Nebraska, area for 32 years. In 2009, he moved to Courtland to make his home.

He was married to Carol Ann Mattson and five children came to bless the home: Rod, Rick, Roger, Randy and Susie. Carol preceded him in death in 1995.

Oliver was preceded in death by his parents, wife Carol, and grandson: Mark.

Oliver is survived by five children: Rod (Mary) Mattson of Clearwater, Oklahoma; Rick (Edna) Mattson of Omaha, Nebraska; Roger Mattson and Randy Mattson of Courtland; and Susie Walker of Morrison, Oklahoma; 15 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, other relatives, and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the United Methodist Church, Courtland with Pastor Kathy Aeillo, officiating.

There will be no visitation as cremation was selected. Friends may call to sign the register book from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville.

Memorials are suggested to family choice.

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Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville is in charge of the arrangements.

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