Clifford E. Swanger

Clifford Swanger, age 82 of Missouri Valley, Iowa passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Jennie Edmondson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Cliff was born August 23, 1934 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to George and Ida (Cooper) Swanger. Cliff graduated from Missouri Valley High School. In 1954 Cliff married Meredith Emerson in Auburn, California. She passed away November 14, 2000. He served in the United States Air Force for twenty two years and he did carpentry. Cliff was on the City council for four years and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Clifford married Shirley Hoss. He enjoyed watching CNN news and weather.
Clifford is preceded in death by parents, wife, son in law Dustin, brother Lloyd and brother in law Jerry Render.
Survivors include his wife Shirley Swanger of Missouri Valley, Iowa, son: James Swanger and wife Kim of Antelope, California, daughter: Debra Hicks of Spokane, Washington. Five grandchildren and three great grandchildren, sisters: Ione Mason of Missouri Valley, Iowa, Irene Render of Missouri Valley, Iowa, brother Harry Tenne and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Christian Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m., January 12, 2017 at the Christian Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa with Pastor Craig Wininger officiating. Music selections will be “Amazing Grace” an “ Go Rest High On That Mountain”.
The family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship at the Christian Church following the service.
Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force.

In the sand
One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You’d walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.”

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