Bruce W. Swoffer, 91, passed away on March 13, 2010, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo. 

Bruce W. Swoffer, 91, passed away on March 13, 2010, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo. 

He was born on September 2, 1918, in Deckerville, Mich., the son of Herbert and Lula Swoffer.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII.  He married Mildred Ledsworth on July 4, 1943, in Lexington, Mich.  Bruce received a B.S. degree from Ferris Institute in Big Rapids, Mich., and a M.S. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the fields of business.  He taught school in Deckerville and Croswell, Mich., before moving to Lamoni, Iowa, in 1958 where he taught at Graceland University for 10 years.  In 1968, he moved to Independence, and taught for four years in the Kansas City School District.  In 1972, he returned to Michigan where they lived in Sandusky while he was Associate Superintendent of the Sanilac County Intermediate School District.  He was instrumental in the building of the Sanilac County Career Center in Sandusky. In 1979, he returned to the Kansas City area.  Bruce worked for Park University as the Vice President of Business Affairs. He retired in 1986 from full-time employment. Bruce was an elder, superannuated, in the Community of Christ church having been ordained to that office in 1952. He was currently a member of the Ridgewood congregation. 

He was preceded in death by his son Robert Charles Swoffer; three siblings; and his parents. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mildred, of Raytown; his daughter, Merlene Brush, Raytown; his grandsons, Michael and Daniel Brush, Raytown; his granddaughters, Molly Schlenker (Jason), Portland, Oregon, and Lori Ainsworth (Thomas), Seattle, Washington; and great-grandchildren, Korinne Ainsworth, Seattle, and Rohnen Schlenker, Portland. Memorial service to be on Thursday April 1, 2010, 10 a.m., College Park Community of Christ, 1201 W. College, Independence, Mo.

Contributions may be sent to the Community of Christ, Bishopric, 1001 W. Walnut, Independence, Mo., 64050.

A private graveside was held at Mound Grove, Independence, Mo.  

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Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel: 816-373-3600.