Arnett Earl Swiger, 81

Anchorage resident Arnett Earl Swiger, 81, died Dec. 2, 2004, at his home of natural causes.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m. today at Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory, 1800 Dare Ave. The Rev. Richard Hale will officiate. Mr. Swiger will be cremated and his remains scattered on Takotna Mountain.

Mr. Swiger was born March 1, 1923, on his grandfather's farm in Lumberport, W.Va.

Mr. Swiger graduated from Lumberport High School and Healds Engineering in San Francisco. He worked for Ravenna Ohio Arsenal from 1941 to 1942, Goodyear Aerospace in Akron, Ohio, where he built missiles and flight trainers, from 1957 to 1968, and ITT-RCA Service Company-White Alice Systems at Tatalina Air Force Base as a civilian from 1968 to 1979. He retired from the Alaska Teamsters Union in 1979. He was a member of the United States Army from 1943 to 1946, serving in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan.

Mr. Swiger lived in Takotna from 1968 to 1982 and Anchorage from 1991 until his death. He was a member of the Anchorage Korean Open Door Presbyterian Church. His hobbies included model airplanes, being scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts in Lumberport, FFA farming and a paper route from 1937 to 1941.

His family wrote: "Art has set a high standard on how a person should live. A man who knew that to live richly was not to amass material wealth but to spread joy, love and happiness in every moment. He was a best friend, husband, father and grandfather. He was loved by many; his guidance and inspiration will be missed. Art truly loved the earth and nature. His spirit will be both in the thoughts and hearts of those that remember him and in heaven rejoining family and friends that have already passed."

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nola; father, Carl; sister, Beryldine Rader; and brothers, Frank and Kenneth Swiger.

He is survived by his wife, Jin of Anchorage; sons, Edward Swiger of Atwater, Ohio, William Swiger of Pine Grove, Pa., and Patrick Swiger of Anchorage; granddaughter, Kelita Gehres of Donaldson, Pa.; and grandson, Jeremy Swiger of Pine Grove.

Arrangements were with Anchorage Funeral Homes.