Elija Colt Swager

Born: Tue., Mar. 21, 1995
Died: Sat., Mar. 1, 2014

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Elija Colt Swager, 18, passed away March 1, 2014 in Muncie, IN. He was born on March 21, 1995 in Angola to Troy Swager and Kristina (Towers) Swager. He was a freshman at Ball State University majoring in Accounting but planned on switching into an area that would allow him to work with children and hoping he might be able to coach. Elija worked part-time for his Uncle Shane and Aunt Chanda at the Bull Pen Café in Fremont. He graduated from Angola High School in 2013. He was active in AHS football, Angola Rugby Club, was the TCAC wrestling champion in 2009. Elija’s greatest hero’s and mentor’s were his father and his grandfathers, but he also included Coaches Luke Amstutz, Todd Herndon, Kent Oberlin, Roger Roddy and Russ Tingley. His favorite football team was the Minnesota Vikings and he loved fishing, hunting, reading but most of all spending time with his family and all his friends including his best friend since pre-school Jacob Lepley. He is survived by his father and step-mother Troy and Lori (Boren) Swager of Angola, his mother Kristina (Towers) Swager of Angola; his siblings Cheyenne Swager, Sara Pabriaga, Mathew Bryan and Emili Bryan; his grandparents Terry and Ragena Swager of Angola, Gary and Norma Towers of Angola and Jerry and Sandi Boren of New Castle; his great-grandfather Rollin Miller Sr. of Coldwater, MI and his niece and nephews Karli Christine Renee Bryan, Jace Tyler and Jax Cooper Workman. He was preceded in death by his twin brother Levi Travis Swager who passed away at birth, his sister Karli Bryan in 2006 and his great-grandparents Eugene and Pansy Drake and Charles and Maude Swager. Services will be at 1:00 PM, Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Fairview Missionary Church with Pastor Joel Greenwood officiating. Burial will be in Circle Hill Cemetery, Angola. Visitation will be from 11-1:00 PM, Thursday prior to the service at the Church. Memorials may be made to Riley Hospital for Children. 

Memorials may be made to Riley Hospital for Children.

11:00AM to 1:00PM on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at Fairview Missionary Church

1:00PM at Fairview Missionary Church on Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Circle Hill Cemetery
Circle Hill Dr.
Angola, IN 46703 

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   Posted Fri March 07, 2014
John & Jeannie Gibbeny - March 3rd, 2014 at 7:33pm - Email
To all the Swager families: we are so sorry to hear of Elija's passing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. John & Jeannie Gibbeny

Joshua Odom - March 3rd, 2014 at 10:23pm - Email
Troy and Lori, I am so sorry for your loss. Elija was a very special young man that will be missed by many. I usually had the chance to talk to him on the phone at least once a week at the office when he was waiting for Troy. He seemed very happy with where he was going with college and I can tell he loved you both very much. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. Josh, Carla, Lauren and Everett Odom

Valerie (Leskowyak) Outman - March 3rd, 2014 at 10:27pm - Email
My deepest sympathy to all the family during this very difficult time.... my thoughts and prayers are being said.

Carrie (Hatfield) Myers - March 4th, 2014 at 8:03am - Email
Prayers to all of the family, we are so sorry for your loss. My son, Erik Hatfield, went to school with Elija and was very sad to hear of his passing. He has said prayers for all of you as well. May God comfort all of you. Carrie

Scott & Jennifer Reffeitt - March 4th, 2014 at 9:45am - Email
I don't even know where to begin but I am very sorry for your loss . Elijah will be missed as I had the pleasure of watching him grow up & become a very good looking young man . I remember the times when Terry & Gini owned the Bull Pen & I worked for them & Elijah would come in with the BIGGEST smile on his face & was so excited to see his whole family that was there . So very sorry for the whole Swager Family may god be with you forever & always

Berdie and Al Gauthier - March 4th, 2014 at 10:23am - Email
Norma: Our deepest sympathies. The name just happened to catch my eye. Thinking of you. Take care. Berdie Gauthier An old timer from TSU.

Jordan (Ferguson) Hollingsworth - March 4th, 2014 at 12:16pm - Email
My thoughts prayers and love are with you in this hard time. Love Jordan

Don W. Swager - March 4th, 2014 at 12:18pm - Email
Troy- so sorry for your loss of little elija. He was so full of life. Its very hard to loose a child. my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jayne Lantz - March 4th, 2014 at 12:38pm - Email
Troy and Lori you are in our hearts and prayers. Garrett worked with Elija last summer, he said he was the best, kindest young man he had ever met.

Myra Williamson - March 4th, 2014 at 1:02pm - Email
So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful angel he will be. He so loved people but most of all his family. He would come into Bubba's & help when he saw I was behind & just start busing tables & talk about the Sunday get-togethers. He looked so forward to that & often told me how lucky he was to have his family. Often he was waiting for Sarah so he & I just talked since I was out front. His kindness, the best smile ever & his love of his family are what I will "never" forget. Prayers are with you - so sorry. He loved you so much - I know because if he would talk to me about his family then you were special. I was just a manager at a restaurant & that's what he talked about. God be with you

JOBI ASH - March 4th, 2014 at 1:57pm - Email

Tony and Ronye Gleason - March 4th, 2014 at 1:58pm - Email
Our deepest sympathies to all of the Swager family.. We only knew Elija from the Bull Pen, but he was an awesome man.. Also sympathies to all of his friends.. They lost a very good buddy...

Jim & Tami Aaron - March 4th, 2014 at 2:36pm - Email
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Beth, Luke and Jake Richardson - March 4th, 2014 at 2:42pm - Email
Elija turned into a man before our very eyes. A young man that we were all very proud of. His kind soul and warm smile will be greatly missed in this world. We will miss you Elija... Beth, Luke and Jake

Christine Drake Buller - March 4th, 2014 at 4:17pm - Email
Troy, Lori and the rest of the family, Elija was one of the good ones and for whatever reason he was taken from this earth before his time. I wish that we could have came up for the services and we would have had the weather not been so crazy. Layken and I are praying for you daily! I love you more than anything! Chris

Shonda Hogeston and family - March 4th, 2014 at 5:12pm - Email
Lori & Troy, So sorry for this tragedy that has happened to your family. I am sorry Elija was taken so soon from you. I will be unable to make his services but wanted you to know our thoughts are with you and your family. Kermit, Shonda and kids

Aunt Kim (Towers) Tompkins - March 4th, 2014 at 7:59pm - Email
Kris, Troy & Lori, Cheyenne, Grandma & Grandpa Swager, Grandma & Grandpa Towers, family and friends, It is hard to imagine a loss greater than that of losing such a precious young man. He was so special. I knew Elija best when he was very young. He had a gentle spirit. warm heart and million-dollar smile. He loved with all his heart. Elija touched us all. And he will be greatly missed. With all my love and deepest sympathy.

Cindy (Bradley) Saltzman - March 4th, 2014 at 9:52pm - Email
I didn't know Elija, but I know Lori Swager and Emili. I wanted to say how sorry I am to the whole family for your loss. There are no words to comfort at a time like this, but there is a God that gives Peace. I pray peace through the days to come.

Dale Gajewski - March 4th, 2014 at 9:56pm - Email
Troy: I am so sorry for your loss. May the peace of God surround you and your family at this very difficult time. May you and your wife cherish the memories of your precious gift hour by hour as you walk through this together. I am praying for your family. Dale Gajewski

Sue Shirley Mecke - March 5th, 2014 at 8:37am - Email
I am so sorry to hear about Elija. Please know you are all in my heart and prayers.

Joe Kennedy - March 5th, 2014 at 8:42am - Email
Elija...you touched a lot of lives while you were here. Keep doing God's work. My heart and many prayers go to the family in this time of loss. May God's love comfort and strengthen you. Joe Kennedy

Becky Ricker Messer - March 5th, 2014 at 8:59am - Email
Many thoughts and Prayers to all of the Swager Family. So sorry for your loss!

Jason Graham - March 5th, 2014 at 9:58am - Email
Troy, I cannot imagine what you are going through and cannot begin to send enough condolences to you and yours.

Brian Saunders - March 5th, 2014 at 1:39pm - Email
I am very sorry for your loss, Troy. All of my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you and your family this week.

David & Becky Tompkins - March 5th, 2014 at 2:22pm - Email
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of your Elija. "What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us." -Helen Keller -

Dorla Clements - March 5th, 2014 at 2:46pm - Email
I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet boy. I know he was such a big part of all of your lives. Your family is dear to me, and I'm praying for all of you.

Kyle Gruner - March 5th, 2014 at 3:15pm - Email
As you grieve know that we are remembering you and honoring the memory of Elija Colt Swager

Ann Rice - March 5th, 2014 at 8:15pm - Email
Angola Middle School has encountered many wonderful students throughout the years. However, Elija was one of the kindest, most polite and personable. He is remembered fondly by many teachers, coaches and fellow classmates. We will miss his gentle smile and ferocious hugs. Please accept our deepest sympathy at this very difficult time.

Doug, Jodi, Cale, Matt & Sara Gardner - March 6th, 2014 at 8:43am - Email
To the entire Swager family, We were heartbroken hearing the news of your loss of Elija. We will always remember seeing him with that big smile he always had. Truly a tragedy and we will continue to pray and lift you all up though this difficult time. He will be greatly missed by all.. We love you!! Sincerely, The Gardners

Teresa Karrick - March 6th, 2014 at 8:08pm - Email
I am broken hearted for all of Elijia's friends, family and friends... It is an unimaginable pain that no parent should have to indure. I have many memories of Trevor and Elijia and if course Lep !! I want to thank you Troy for the up lifting joke about our boys time together .. I admire your strength .. My thoughts are with you all..

Lori Swager
   Posted Thu March 13, 2014
To all of our family and friends that have posted here, it's so wonderful to see the beautiful tributes to Elija, and how he touched your lives. Your kindness, and the grace of God, are what keep us going. Thank you so very much from the entire Swager family - love to all!

Ted Meyers
   Posted Fri March 14, 2014
I am extremely sorry for your loss.

Stu, Chris, Carmyn, and Seth Hamblen
   Posted Fri March 21, 2014
There are no words for the sadness we share with you for the loss of Elija. He was full of kindness and brought joy to many is his short life. We will always carry fond memories of him; in this way, he lives on in our hearts. God bless you as you and your family find a way to carry on without his presence here on earth. May your hearts be comforted in knowing that he touched many lives in positive ways.