Jack Fredrick Swopes, 76, Falcon, passed away Sept. 4, 2013, at the Mercy Hospital, Springfield. He was born July 26, 1937, Weaubeau, one of eight children to Melvin and Goldie Norris Swopes.
Jack always had a love for animals and the outdoors. He was a cowboy known for his ability to handle animals and to train horses and dogs. Many will remember his well trained horse, Hank, who was sold to be used as an award winning roping horse on the rodeo circuit. Hank, when retired, was returned to Jack and only recently had to be put down. He had two excellently trained horses at the time of his death which he used most days, starting at daylight, to check on three herds of cattle.
He worked on the Sheeks Ranch near Cabool for many years. The last years were spent on Lonnie’s Ranch near Falcon. Jack worked with cattle, ranchers and many sale barns near Cabool, Lebanon, Osceola, Appleton City and many other towns in South Central Missouri.
Jack had a dry sense of humor and many stories. He was rough on the outside, but had a heart of gold. When he had a job to do, he did it well. You always knew how he felt and where he stood, as he was a plain spoken man.
Jack and Shirley Geisken were married March 13, 1957. They had three children – Kathy Moore, Clint and Brent. All of his children and most of his grand children love and are talented with horses. Jack and Shirley were divorced. He was later married to Debbie Powell.
Preceding Jack in death were his parents, his sister, Columbine Allen; brothers, Thomas William and Edgar Leon; and granddaughter, Nannette Swopes.
Survivors include his children Kathy More – Grove Springs; Clint Swopes and Rae – Walker; Brent and wife, Janet – Albuquerque, NM; two sisters; June Coleman – El Dorado Springs, and Grace Harold and husband Tom – Nevada; two brothers; Melvin (Vess) Swopes – El Dorado Springs and Leroy Swopes and wife, Dorotha – Appleton City; grandchildren – Lindsey Moore and Austin Ward – Grove Springs; Jessie Swopes – Ozark; Jerry Raymond and husband Turi’ – Hobbs, NM; Peggy Swopes – Nevada; Elizabeth Seran and husband, Arman – Independence; great-grandson, Clinton Bradley Seran – Independence; step-daughter, Dawna Skaggs, and her children, Ty and Justin Skaggs – Verona.
Services were at the Lynchbury Baptist Church Saturday, Sept, 7, 2013, with Pastor Terry Martin officiating. The ladies of the church prepared a delicious lunch for those attending. Jack was cremated and his ashes spread over his favorite spot on a high hill overlooking a beautiful valley on the Gasconade River as he had requested.