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Ed Swackhamer

April 15, 2021 | 17 comments

Ed Swackhamer, 74 of Holmen passed away of stage 4 prostate cancer on Thursday, April 15th, surrounded by his family.  He was born January 3, 1947 in Bad Axe, Michigan to Edward and JoAnn Swackhamer.  On August 19th, 1978, he married Sue (Witte) of Holmen.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; daughters, Sarah Swackhamer, Rachel (Myron) Arenz; his four precious granddaughters, Peighton, Lillie, Mylee, Paisley; and numerous extended family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, and his mother- and father-in-law.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm followed by a prayer service at 6:30 pm at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska.

Ed had various jobs and hobbies in his life.  His biggest highlights were catching the big bass and being Pappa to his girls.

The family would like to thank Gundersen Health System and Hospice for his care.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.




  1. Mitch Halverson

    I am sorry to hear this – sending hugs to the family !!

    • June Strand

      Sorry for your loss.

  2. Denny & Connie Connely

    So sorry to see Ed lost his battle. We are still in AZ but want you to know we are there with you in our thoughts & prayers. Hugs to you & your families.

    • Amanda Payne

      Working with Ed brought a special light to my day. No matter what his struggle that day was he was always looking forward to the next one. He loved hard and often talked about family, his job and the kids he drove everyday. When he talked about any of those things you could see a light in his eyes. To your family and friends, I hope you all find peace and Ed you will be truly missed and I hope you know how loved and missed you are!

  3. Suzie Anderson

    I am so sorry to read this! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything let me know. 🙏❤️🙏

  4. Gary

    Sue, you have our deepest condolences you your entire family.

    Brianna Hougom

  5. Jerome & Pat Arenz

    So sorry for your loss. It’s so hard to lose a loved one. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Take care. Jerome & Pat

  6. Jeanne and Neil Bornitz

    I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

    • Debbie Seidel

      I am sorry to read of Ed’s passing. My thoughts are with you Sue and the girls. So sorry.

    • Sue Swackhamer

      I want to thank everyone for the condolences you have given to me and my family during this time. Ed had a heart of gold. He loved his family and his school bus driving. Thank you.

  7. Bob Kremer

    I was honored to befriend Ed when he and I worked for Go Riteway Bus company. He was a very compassionate person and his humor was unlimited. He will be missed by many including young and old. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Thank you Ed.

  8. Donna Beranek

    Sue and family,
    We were are so sorry for your loss. We did not realize that his cancer had gotten worse. May your hearts hold the many memories you have made together and bring peace at this sad time.
    With love and sympathy,
    Donna and Bill Beranek

  9. JoAn Guss

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband. I hope you can find comfort in your memories, family, and friends. Peace and blessings always.

  10. Sherlinda McBride

    My condolences and prayers to the family. Ed was a very nice person and will be truly missed. Ed was a joy to work with at Go Riteway. He always made me laugh when I was having a bad day.

  11. Linda Sorenson

    Hugs, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family Sue. Take care and hold close your family and friends. With love, Linda and Rick Sorenson

  12. Jim Dandy Slaback

    to sue and the girls. Ed was a fine man, always friendly and talkative, he never looked down on others, he will alwya be missed and never forgotten, sorry ffor all of Holmen sloss.

  13. Cindy Halada

    So sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family


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