Photo: Robert Leroy Swisher Jr. of Braceville  1948 - 2023

Robert Leroy Swisher Jr., 74, of Braceville, passed away Feb. 4, 2023 at home with his loving family by his side.

Born Aug. 31, 1948 in Joliet, he was the son of Robert Sr. and Clara Louise Swisher. He married Pat Parkinson Smith on March 22, 1975. Bob spent over 20 years bringing smiles and joy to households throughout the area every Christmas season with his white beard, rosy red cheeks and his Santa suit with the big “SC” belt buckle. His favorite moments were when he and his wife, Patricia and close friend, Donny Hart were all on Harleys riding to Sturgis, SC and beyond. He also enjoyed moments with a house full of children and grandchildren at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Survivors include his wife, two sons, Robert III (Dyanna) of Braceville and Roy of Wilmington; daughter-in-law, Gayla Smith, of Ottawa; sons-in-law, Greg Williams, of Coal City and Jeff (Dana) Blatti, of Braceville; granddaughters: Holly Swisher, Kathryn (Robert) McLuckie, of Coal City; Morgan Crosby, of Naperville; Kaly Jo Swisher, of LaGrange; GA; Nicole (Ken) Mack, of Morris; grandsons: Robert IV (Tonya) of Braceville; Gage Swisher, of Morristown, TN; Robert Christopher Blatti, of Streator; Jeffrey (Nicole) Blatti, of Diamond; Patrick Wren (Carrie), of Chicago; Chad Williams, of Mazon; great-grandchildren: Josie, Belle, Ripley and Toby Swisher; Ronald, Jayden, Damon and Jackson Blatti; Colton and Vincent Blatti; Kane and Mack and one on the way McLuckie; Grace, KC, Lane, Liam, Jakson and Owen Mack; Colten Williams; one sister, Kathleen Noel (Tom) and one sister-in-law, Doris Swisher, both of Wilmington and several nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ronald and Michael; two daughters, Jerri Lynn Blatti and Roycann (Rocky) Williams and one son, Richard Smith.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A private service will be held at a later date to be determined.

Family and friends are encouraged to share on line through social media with photos or share any memories of his life.