Calvin Edward Swindler

16 Dec 1923 - 22 Aug 1997

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Calvin Edward Swindler

16 Dec 1923 - 22 Aug 1997
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Written in 2012: Calvin E. Swindler, was born 16 December 1923 in Pratt County Kansas to parents who differed in their religious outlooks. His mother, Anna Benad Swindler, was a faithful Lutheran, perhaps mainly due to the traditions of her German Lutheran ancestors. His father, A.R. Swindler, had i

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Calvin Edward Swindler

Married: 6 Jun 1948

East Lawn Memorial Hills

East Lawn Drive
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States

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Sealed Aug 31, 1956
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Biography of Calvin E. Swindler

Contributor: crex Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Written in 2012: Calvin E. Swindler, was born 16 December 1923 in Pratt County Kansas to parents who differed in their religious outlooks. His mother, Anna Benad Swindler, was a faithful Lutheran, perhaps mainly due to the traditions of her German Lutheran ancestors. His father, A.R. Swindler, had investigated many churches in his younger years, gave up finding the true and authoritative church, and mostly studied the Bible and other literature at home on Sundays. Calvin grew up on the Swindler farm in a home built by his grandfather, O.H. Swindler. He attended Golden Valley School near his home and graduated from Pratt High School in 1941. Soon, Dad was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, getting training as a mechanic but serving in cannon artillery in the Pacific. His war experiences raised questions in his mind, questions that greatly concerned him. He didn't have answers for these questions: What is the purpose and meaning of life? What happens after death? What actions of man are truly significant to God? Who has authority to speak for God? Gertrude Hansen came to Pratt in 1946 to assist her sister during and after her third pregnancy. Maralee's husband was A.C. Schroeder, pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pratt. Our parents first got acquainted when Grandma Swindler invited her pastor and his family to the farm for Sunday dinner. Mom remembered Dad questioning her about religion, especially the doctrines of salvation. Mom gave him Lutheran answers, but commented later that he was never satisfied with those answers. Gert and Calvin were married 6 June 1948 in Vallonia, Indiana by Gert's father, a Lutheran minister. The newlyweds lived briefly in the Pratt area, then decided to take up wheat farming in Morton County Kansas on land given to Dad by his father, land purchased during the Dust Bowl years. Farming would prove to be a challenging venture. There was no existing home, only a few improvements. It was miles from any town, with few neighbors. The wind blew continually. They had limited resources. In 1949, they travelled the 180 miles from Pratt to their new home, pulling a tractor and a small house trailer that would serve as their dwelling for the next 7 years. The winter of 1949-1950, Calvin, Gert, and baby Iris were invited to pull their trailer into the back yard of Dad's brother Eugene and his wife in Ulysses. Mom and Dad stayed in Eugene's home while he and his wife were in Pratt for the birth of their first child. It was here that the Mormon missionaries knocked on the door in January 1950. The rest is history, as they say, with Dad's (and Mom's) life taking an abrupt turn. Initially Dad was skeptical about the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He took a copy of the Book of Mormon from the missionaries only because he reasoned that the best way to convince these young men of their religious errors was to read their book. Instead, he quickly found the answers to all his questions. The missionary who baptized Dad commented in 2009 that Calvin read every book and pamphlet they could bring to him very quickly. Dad felt the Holy Ghost testifying that what he was reading was true. He studied thoroughly, comparing the Bible with the Book of Mormon. He was baptized April 15, 1950 in Dodge City Kansas. The following sentence sums up the rest of Dad's life: After baptism, his focus changed from his search to find the truth to the challenge of living the precepts of his newly found church, raising his family, and serving in his church. Dad was analytical, but also a person of action. He wanted his actions to be consistent with what he believed. Calvin moved his family to Provo, Utah in July 1969. He died there August 22, 1997 with 7 living children, their spouses, 32 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A baby daughter, Linda, died in 1954. His posterity as of September 2012 includes 125 individuals. There are currently 41 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren. Dad was a farmer, who built the family home on the Morton County farm. He was a handyman, photographer, carpenter, mechanic, gardener, creative inventor, family history researcher, and stock-market investor. He was curious about many things, looked at them from various perspectives, and studied many topics. He helped many people and influenced many for good. Most of all, he was true to his faith in every particular.

Life timeline of Calvin Edward Swindler

Calvin Edward Swindler was born on 16 Dec 1923
Calvin Edward Swindler was 16 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Calvin Edward Swindler was 18 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. Nazi Germany is the common English name for Germany between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party (NSDAP) controlled the country through a dictatorship. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state that controlled nearly all aspects of life via the Gleichschaltung legal process. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich from 1943 to 1945. Nazi Germany is also known as the Third Reich, from German Drittes Reich, meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", the first two being the Holy Roman Empire and the German Empire. The Nazi regime ended after the Allied Powers defeated Germany in May 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
Calvin Edward Swindler was 32 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Calvin Edward Swindler was 46 years old when During the Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC. Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface six hours after landing on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth. Michael Collins piloted the command module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface before rejoining Columbia in lunar orbit.
Calvin Edward Swindler was 49 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
Calvin Edward Swindler was 56 years old when Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage. Mount St. Helens or Louwala-Clough is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It is 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Portland, Oregon and 96 miles (154 km) south of Seattle, Washington. Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
Calvin Edward Swindler died on 22 Aug 1997 at the age of 73
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