Joshua John "Swack" Swackhamer

September 11, 1974 ~ January 3, 2020 (age 45)

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Joshua John "Swack" Swackhamer, age 45, died suddenly Friday morning, (from a heart attack) January 3, 2020.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, January 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, 224 East Army Post Road, Des Moines.

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Joshua's Life Story

Joshua was born September 11, 1974 to Richard Lee Swackhamer and Catherine Sue (Comer) Rawson of Des Moines. He attended Lincoln High School in Des Moines and graduated with the class of 1993. Joshua married Amy Jo Swackhamer and they had two children, Chase and Ciera. They were married fifteen years before Amy passed in 2019.

Joshua was an extremely loving father, brother, son, uncle, friend, co-worker, and so much more. He cared for everyone he came in contact with. He played so many different roles in life and probably had a hat to match each role! Joshua always had a smiled and would gladly give out big bear hugs to anyone in need or want.

He is survived by his son, Chase Richard Swackhamer of Urbandale; daughter Ciera Elizabeth Swackhamer of Des Moines; mother and step-father, Ed Rawson; his brothers, Shawn Chipp, Richard Selsor and Joseph (Sarah) Swackhamer; niece, Elaine; and nephews, Josiah and Ethan.

Joshua was preceded in death by his brother, Danny Paul Selsor II; grandparents, Paul and Helen Selsor; Jack Comer Sr.; his step-father, Danny Selsor I; and the mother of his two grown children, Amy Jo Swackhamer.

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Celebration of Life
January 18, 2020

11:00 AM
Fort Des Moines Church of Christ
224 East Army Post Road
Des Moines, IA 50315

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