AMBOY — Melvin E Swanlund, 80, of Amboy died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born in LaMoille to Edgar and Verna (Bauer) Swanlund. He married Carole J Irwin on Feb. 6, 1955, in Spring Valley. He graduated from LaMoille High School in 1951. He graduated from Western Illinois University, Macomb, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1959. He received his Masters of Education from the University of Illinois in 1962.
Melvin farmed in LaMoille for three years, from 1955 to 1958. He held teaching positions in Liberty High School, 1959 to 1961. He was a guidance counselor at Cisne High School for two years. He then became guidance counselor at Amboy High School in 1964 and retired in 1988. During that time he was the area coordinator for Sauk Valley Community College.
He was a member of the Thursday Night Men's Bowling League in Dixon for many years. He was an avid sports fan and was the voice of the Amboy Football Clippers for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Carole; three children, David (Theresa) Swanlund of Hastings, Minn., Julie Spangler of Dixon and Elizabeth (Charles) Kittrell of Lucedale, Miss.; seven grandchildren, Isaac, Luke, Solana and Jeremiah Swanlund, Joel and Adeline Spangler, and Hannah Jacobson; one brother, Kenneth (Sandra) Swanlund of LaMoille; and one sister, Dixie (Gary) Anderson of LaMoille.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Community United Methodist Church in LaMoille with Pastor Park officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenfield Cemetery in LaMoille.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the church.
Memorials have been established to Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, Ill., Greenfield Cemetery Association General Fund and Community United Methodist Church in LaMoille.
Condolences may be sent online at www.thejonesfh.com.