Wally L. Swaby

Monday, July 8, 2024

Wally L. Swaby, age 84, of rural Linton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 7, 2024, at his residence. He was born in Linton on July 27, 1939, the son of Audie and Ruth (Riggs) Swaby.

Wally attended Midland School and graduated from Switz City High School in 1957. While at Switz City, he was an avid and talented basketball player, which included playing on both the 1955 Wabash Valley Tournament championship team and the IHSAA regional championship team.

Wally earned his bachelor and masters degrees from Indiana State University and spent over 30 years teaching biology and serving as a guidance counselor at Eastern Greene and Linton-Stockton High Schools. He also coached golf, leading the Linton-Stockton team through regionals to the state finals and inspiring many young golfers.

He was a member and had served as a deacon at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, was a member and past master of the Solsberry Masonic Lodge 411. Other memberships include Knights Templar, the Zorah Shrine of Terre Haute and Scottish Rite of Terre Haute.

Wally enjoyed his many years as an educator of English and biology, being a guidance counselor to hundreds of children, golfing, woodworking, crafting and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Connie (Cravens) Swaby; two children, Mark (Christina) Swaby and Meredith (Eric) Williams; four grandchildren, Makenna Williams, Mayah Williams, Graham Swaby and Claire Swaby; and his sister, Jan Borders.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Deloris “Dee” Miller.

Funeral service will be held at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2024. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery south of Linton.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pleasant Grove Church of Christ through the funeral home.

The family would like to thank ViaQuest Healthcare Services for the tender care provided to Wally in his final days. Special thanks (and love) to Aubrey Cooper.

Online condolences may be shared with Wally’’s family at www.welchcornett.com.