Robert Swadener

Robert Swadener

Robert Swadener, 99, of East Peoria, and formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria Heights. 

He was born on March 1, 1920, in Vigo County, Ind., the son of James and Iva Boatman Swadener. 

He married Wilma Gulley Hacker on Nov. 9, 1962. She preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 2016.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He was employed for over 55 years at WEEK-TV25 in East Peoria, and is remembered fondly by those he worked with.

Survivors include his daughter, Cathleen (James) Powers of Peoria Heights; stepchildren Debra Brown of Mounds, Tommie (Marcella Hall) Hacker of Tamms and Randall Hacker of Mounds; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a twin sister Ruth; a brother, Donald; and a daughter-in-law, Donna Hacker.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, today, in East Peoria, with a memorial service at 7 p.m.

A second visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Crain Funeral Home in Ullin, with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m., with David Cheek and Brent Miller officiating. Interment will follow in the American Legion Cemetery in Dongola. 

To view the obituary and/or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

Crain Funeral Home in Ullin is in charge of arrangements.

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