Ricky (Rick) Alan Swinney
Rick aka Sledge was born January 18th, 1954 to Glen Alan Swinney and Ramona Jean Marsh Swinney in Spokane, Washington. Rick passed away after a courageous battle fighting cancer on August 24th, 2023.
Rick lived his first couple years in Worley, Idaho. Rick moved to a farm north of Havre, Montana on the Canadian border where his parents farmed with his grandparents. Rick attended a little country school where he and one little girl were the only first graders in the school. In the second grade his family moved into Havre for his dad to go to college at Northern Montana College. Rick attended school there from 2nd through 5th grade. It was in Havre where Rick’s brother Steve was born. The family then moved to Augusta, Montana where Rick attended school for 6th and 7th grade. After Augusta, the family moved to Libby, Montana where Rick attended the 8th, 9th and 10th grade as a Libby Logger. It was in Libby where Rick’s sister Lori was born. After Libby, the family moved to Potlatch, Idaho where Rick attended his junior and senior year of high school. Rick was very proud to be a class of 1972 graduate of Potlatch High School. He has many life-long friends that graduated with him. Rick attended the University of Idaho for one year after moving to Moscow, Idaho in 1972. In 1985 Rick returned to his beloved community of Potlach, Idaho.
On October 7, 1981 Rick had a daughter, Karrie Jean Swinney born in Pullman, Washington. On June 21, 1984 Rick had a son, Craig Alan Swinney born in Spokane, Washington. On September 7, 1985 Rick married the love of his life, Debi Lynne Farley Swinney. With this marriage, he gained three bonus daughters: Kristi Britt, Renee Britt and Jeni Britt. Rick always said he was most proud of the blended family that he and Debi were able to raise together in Potlatch, Idaho. Rick has 12 grandkids and 4 great grandchildren. He made wooden signs of each of their names or favorite sports teams, whichever they wanted. He loved following all the sports the grandkids played in.
Rick went to work for Burlington Northern Railroad in August of 1974. Rick worked 22 years for BNRR and an additional 18 years for Watco Railroad, retiring after 40 years of railroad service in January of 2014.
Rick had his golfing buddies, Ralph Horn and Rick McKinney. He had many memories and laughs with them. Rick often volunteered for Potlatch Fire and Ambulance, spraying weeds in addition to many other tasks. He helped with funeral dinners, the Potlatch Pastors Association Christmas Holiday Food Baskets, and along with other volunteers, he picked up toys so every child in the Potlatch area had new toys to open under the Christmas tree. He always joked rather than volunteering, he was “volun-told” by Debi, but he loved doing it. Rick was very active playing and watching sports. He was a Seattle Seahawks, Idaho Vandals, WSU Cougars, Gonzaga Bulldogs, New York Yankees and Jeff Gordon Nascar fan. Rick played in the University of Idaho Golf League for seven years.
Rick was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Walter and Myrtle Swinney, maternal grandparents Jerry and Zona Marsh, his mother Ramona Jean Swinney, stepmother Connie Swinney and grandson Jax Michael McKinney.
Rick is survived by his wife Debi Swinney, son Craig Swinney, daughters Karrie Swinney (Jesse), Kristi Stearns (Dave), Renee McKinney (Mike), Jeni Drake (Cody), father Glen Swinney, brother Steve Swinney (Frankie), sister Lori Swinney, grandchildren Derek, Devon, Ciara, Jaidyn, Calvin, Ashlin, Carson, Baylin, Siena, Brody and Draydin, great-grandchildren Nevaeh, Cade, Jaxson and Raelynn, and numerous family members on both sides of the Swinney and Farley families as well as so many friends.
There will be a memorial service Saturday September 2nd at 2:00pm at the Princeton Nazarene Church with Lee Nicholson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be given to the Northwest Cancer Foundation of Hope at PO Box 8632, Moscow, ID 83843 or to the Potlatch Ambulance Fund at PO Box 63, Potlatch, ID 83855.
Kramer Funeral Home, Palouse, WA is caring for the family. On line condolences may be left at www.kramercares.com
NW CANCER FOUNDATION OF HOPE
P.O. BOX 8632, MOSCOW ID 83843
Potlatch Ambulance Fund
PO Box 63, Potlatch ID 83855