Obituary – Randy Swinford

Last Updated on October 29th, 2017

Written by Paul Bomleny

Randy L. Swinford, 64, of Princeton, Illinois passed away at home on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, after battling cancer.

Born on December 15, 1952 to the late Max Swinford and Betty Rose Swinford in Champaign, Illinois.

Randy married his high school sweetheart, Lani Frandsen, on September 7, 1974 in Elgin, Illinois. After graduating from Elgin High School, he earned a BA and MA from Eastern Illinois University and did additional graduate work at Northern Illinois University. In 1976, Randy and his wife moved to Princeton where he began his career teaching Industrial Arts at Princeton High School. Swinford was a beloved wrestling and football coach from 1976 until he retired in 2011, when he was inducted into the IWCOA Coaching Hall of Fame. He was a member of the TKE brotherhood and served in the Naval Air Reserve.

Randy enjoyed time spent with his family and Sally D. Dog. He loved all of his “sons” acquired through years of coaching. Swinford always had an inappropriate joke to tell and could challenge anyone at Words with Friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lani, and three daughters, Katie Swinford (Joel Hanlon) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jillian Swinford of Chicago, Illinois, and Elise Swinford of Princeton; one grandchild, Lucas Hanlon of Cincinnati, Ohio, his mother, Betty Swinford of Bonita Springs, Florida, one sister, Mary Swinford, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, one sister-in-law, Tammy Swinford-Potts of Downers Grove, Illinois, two nieces, two nephews, and cousins.

Randy is preceded in death by his father, Max Swinford, his brother, Lonnie Swinford, and his grandparents.

Randy’s final wishes were to buy a round for his friends and family. Come as you are to toast to Coach Swinny and share your memories on Sunday, November 5, from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens, Princeton, Illinois.

A memorial scholarship to a trade or vocational school will be established in Randy’s name. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to the scholarship fund.