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Dr. E. Hamrick Swan Jr.

Dr. E. Hamrick Swan Jr. Dr. E. Hamrick “Rick” Swan, Jr. age 70, of Manhattan, Kansas, died of a heart attack that resulted in a single car accident in Blue Rapids, Kansas, on Saturday, April 27, 2019. No other cars were involved. He was born February 21, 1949, in Goldsboro, N.C., the son of Col. Edward H. Swan and Jean (Finch) Swan, and grew up in Venice, Florida.

Dr. Swan married Frances “Fran” Jean Miller at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Louisville, Ky., on June 8, 1972. The marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Rick and Fran had eight children together. He and his family were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Manhattan, Marysville, and Junction City. Dr. Swan served as Bishop for the Junction City Ward from 1976-1978. He was also branch president of the Marysville Mormon Church from 1978-1982.

Dr. Swan studied pre dental at Florida State University from 1967-1969, then earned his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in May 1974. He served as a dentist in the Army at Fort Riley, Kansas, 1974-1976, and opened his first dental practice in Herington, KS, in 1976. Upon the closure of the Rock Island Railroad Dr. Swan was offered a position as a dentist in Marysville, KS, in 1978 where he practiced for 13 years. He started a second dental office in Manhattan, KS, in 1989, where he continued to practice with the help of his wife, Fran, and daughters Ama and Sarah, until his death.

Dr. Swan loved spending time with his family and was always a kid at heart. He recorded cartoons to watch with his grandchildren and collected memorabilia such as Star Wars, Beanie Babies, and other classic toys, including a full size pinball machine. Dr. Swan had a great ability to find humor in everyday life and his deep boisterous chuckle is likely remembered by everyone who know him. Dr. Swan went by many names including Doctor, Rick, Bishop, Dad and Papa. He was a rock for his family and his community. He was a kind man and will be missed.

Dr. Swan was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild, Abella Sariah Rose. He is survived by his wife Frances Swan, Manhattan, KS; sister Mary and her husband Joe of N.C., and eight children: Jared Swan, Omaha, Ne., Rainey Swan, Seattle, Wash., Lehi (Kim) Swan, Prairie village, Kan., Rebecca (Travis) Orchard, Saluda, Colo., Elisha Schuepbach, Fairway, Kan., Ama (Travis) Benoist, Salina, Kan., Sarah Swan, Manhattan, Kan., and Missy (Dustin) Branick, Raymore, Mo., and 19 grandchildren: Jackson Swan, Sam Swan, Kenady Swan, Chloe Swan, Will Swan, Langston Hochard, Wynston Hochard, Laurell Stegelman, Dublin Stegelman, Frank Schuepbach, Roman Schuepbach, Mahpiya Benoist, Mato Benoist, Lullaby Aurora, Augusta O'Hara, Oliver Branick, Myla Branick, Ben Branick and Eli Branick.

Family viewing will be held from noon to 3:00 pm at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, Tuesday, May 7th, 2019. Public viewing will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Marlatt Avenue in Manhattan, Kan. at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

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