A celebration of life service will be held at noon Monday, Dec. 2, at Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point. Burial with full military honors will be at Guardian Angel Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral chapel from 10 a.m. Monday until the services. The Plover Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10262 will hold a ritual at 11 a.m. at the funeral chapel.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Sward was born May 12, 1926, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Kenneth and Martha (Langton) Sward. He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School.
He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps on July 20, 1944, in Milwaukee. He served in the Southern Philippines and earned the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, three Overseas Service Bars, Good Conduct Medal and Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star. He was honorably discharged Aug. 16, 1946, at Fort Sheridan, Ill., and returned to the Stevens Point area.
He was married to Germaine Zynda May 13, 1950, at St. Peter Catholic Church. She died in 2004.
He began a 35-year career at the Copps Corp. and retired in 1988.
He was a member of the Plover VFW Post 10262 and the Stevens Point Moose Lodge.
He and his wife were snowbirds to Arizona for many years.
Survivors include one son, John (Janeen), Waupaca; one sister, Ardeen (Jerry) Young, Marshfield; eight grandchildren, Scott (Corinna) Kosobucki, Heidi Sward, Craig (Marne) Sward, Nathan Sward, Kathy Sward, Troy (Deanna) Kosobucki, Lindsey (Bill) Kane, and Nick Barton; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Bonita Kosobucki; two sisters, Eva Rasmussen and Nila (Webb) Simon; and one brother, Alvin.