Douglas Allen Swan, 73, son of Eugenia (Johnson) Gram and Fredrick Swan, was born Sept. 9, 1944, in Doniphan, Mo. He passed Dec. 28, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Douglas was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Varonicia Swan of Raymondville; one son, Doug Swan and wife, Candi, of Raymondville; three daughters, Dawn Schiller and husband, Davy, of Waynesville, Mo., Katie Whitley and husband, Morrell, of Columbia, Mo., and Emily Swan and significant other, Kyle Roberts, of Summersville, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Paige, Joey, Sarah, James, Zenobia, Kaden and Ashton; and two great-grandchildren, Paxon and Zayine.

Douglas grew up in Success, Ark., attended 12 years of school, three of which were spent in the seventh grade and he would say that is where he got 32 “whoopens” and gained all his education. He later obtained his GED.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on 1962 because he believed women liked a man in uniform. He was stationed on a medical ship in San Diego, Calif. He served on the ship during the Vietnam War.

He married Varonicia Rhineberger on Oct. 5, 1985, and to this union four children were born.

He was a jack of many trades. Since a young child, he was always selling products. He was a proud business owner for 30 years and truly enjoyed what he did.

He loved drones with a great passion. He purchased and donated many drones. His last birthday was drone themed and at the time of his death he was in the process of starting a drone-based business with his three daughters.

Over the last few years he discovered technology. He did not go without his smart phone and tablet. He was an avid YouTuber and would answer all life’s questions via Google.

He had the biggest heart and would give the shirt off his back to help anyone. He donated monthly to child fund for over a decade. He supported his “stepdaughter Pamela” as he would call her from Uganda and loved receiving letters from her. She once even bought a goat and named him Douglas –– he was proud of that.

He lived fearlessly and on his own terms. He was a big kid and hippie at heart. Many did not know how to take him, but those who did, are not sure how to be without him. We will forever remember his kind soul, funny stories and songs, and his slight addiction to Cinnabon Delights. We are forever thankful to call him our husband, dad, papa and friend.

Services were 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at Evans Funeral Home with Emily Swan officiating. Burial with full military rights was in Allen Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Doug Swan, James Swan, Jimmy Jones, Kyle Roberts, Davy Schiller, Aaron Scantlin and Morrell Whitley.

Memorials may be made to Allen Cemetery. To send an online condolence to the family, go to

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