Dr. Bob "Doc" Dunaway Swartz of Paris, Missouri | 1930 - 2019 | Obituary

Dr. Bob "Doc" Dunaway Swartz
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Dr. Bob "Doc" Dunaway Swartz

February 03, 1930 - January 06, 2019

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Dr. Bob Dunaway Swartz, 88, of Paris passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Monroe Manor Nursing home in Paris. Dr. Swartz was affectionately known to the community as “Doc.”

Doc was born on February 3, 1930 in Madison, Mo the son of Fred L. and Bessie Dunaway Swartz. Doc attended Madison Public Schools. He went to Moberly Junior college for 2 years. He later attended Dental School in Kansas City, MO, now known as Missouri University of Kansas City School of Dentistry. He graduated in 1953 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree. Doc joined the Public Health Services. He was stationed in New York where he spent 2 years working on Coast Guard and Merchant Seaman.   In 1955 he returned to Paris and took over his grandfather’s (Dr. E.J. Dunaway) practice. He practiced in Paris until his retirement in 2011. Doc married Nancy Mae Adams-Houchins on July 3, 1965 at the First Christian Church in Paris, MO.

Doc was the father of two children; Gregory (Jan) Swartz of North Carolina and Sara Lemke (John Suminski) of Janesville, Wisconsin; stepfather of 3 children; Wiley Jack (Cindy) Houchins of Johnston Iowa, James Scott, (Jane) Houchins of Exira, Iowa; nine grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one stepson John Allen Houchins.

Doc was very active in the community he loved to live in. He served on the Paris R-II School Board, Mark Twain Country Club, Paris Savings Bank Board and UMB Bank Board. Doc’s love for his community of Paris was only surpassed by his love for Dentistry. He was active in Northeast MO Dental Society, Missouri Dental Society and the American Dental Society. Doc didn’t work ALL the time-he had a passion for playing golf which he played many rounds with the love of his life, his wife Nancy of 53 plus years. Another passion he had was hunting quail with his cherished friend Ray Delaney along with fishing, boating, and he truly enjoyed his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with close friends.

Doc brought a friendly face and positive energy into every room he entered. He will be missed but proudly remembered by so many.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the First Christian Church in Paris with Reverend Larry Allen Thomas officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 at the First Christian Church in Paris, MO. Burial will be in the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Madison, MO.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Paris.

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