Larry Swick – UPDATED

Funeral Services for 88-year old Larry Swick of Batesland, SD, will be Friday, August 27, 2021, at 11:00 AM at the United Methodist Church in Gordon, NE.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 26, from 5 to 7 PM at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home in Gordon.

A memorial has been established for the Gordon United Methodist Church and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366 Gordon, NE 69343.

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Chamberlain Pier Funeral Home in Gordon is in charge of arrangements for Larry Swick

Larry M. Swick was born on November 11, 1932, in Clinton, NE, to Raleigh and Emma (Hoppe) Swick. He passed away August 23, 2021, in Rapid City, SD from kidney failure.

Larry was a proud physical therapist and worked for 41 years in San Francisco, Calif, and the areas surrounding Gordon and Martin, SD. “Bone Bender” was the CB handle Larry used to reflect his occupation.

When Larry wasn’t practicing therapy, he usually spent his time working on the farm on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. 

Larry enjoyed the outdoors with his family, including hunting pheasants and fishing on the farm, and camping in the Black Hills. He loved his classic car and shotgun collections, and in the winter enjoyed reading autobiographies.

In his retirement, Larry and Betty ran a B&B, Wakpamni Bed and Breakfast. The farm was visited by many international guests who enjoyed Larry’s humorous stories at the breakfast table.

As a father, Larry was a role model for individuality and education. He served on the Shannon County school board for many years. 

Larry was a thespian and entertainer, had a great sense of humor, and was a friend to many in the surrounding area. He was honorably named Oyate Wač Inyanpi (people depend on him) by the Lakota Sioux Tribe. 

Larry was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gordon and was an active Mason/Shriner for 66 years.

Larry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty (Meador), daughter Laurie, sons: Adam (Bekah), Raleigh, Andrew (Mona), Nathan (Lori). His grandchildren include Miranda, Ally, Jacob, Ramy, and Salma. 

Larry is also survived by his brother, Loren, of Greeley, Colo.

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