Jack Swarthout


E. Jack Swarthout, 89, of Paris, passed away at 8:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at his home. He retired in 1990 after many years as Director of Research and Product Development for Illinois Cereal Mills.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Templeton Funeral Home. Private burial is in Edgar Cemetery.

Mr. Swarthout was born March 23, 1930, at Niles, Mich., the son of the late Earl John and Winifred Ann Doty Swarthout. He married Barbara Elaine Stearns March 28, 1953, at Midland, Mich., and she preceded him in death May 23, 2019.

Survivors include two children, Paul (Nanette) Swarthout of Chesterfield, Mo., and Susan (Dave) Kimbley of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two grandchildren, Jenny Kimbley of Denver, Colo., and Heather (Ralph) Kohlhase of Monument, Colo.; two great-grandchildren, Adam and Scott Kohlhase; a brother-in-law, Karl (Linda) Stearns Jr. of Mason, Mich.; a niece, Kathy Hansz of Cheboygan, Mich.; and a nephew, Ken (Jackie) Stearns of Gainesville, Fla.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserves where he served during the Korean War as Bacteriology Officer and Division Officer for the Naval Biological Laboratory in Oakland, Calif., earning the rank of lieutenant. He was a 1948 graduate of Niles High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in 1952 and his Master of Science in Bacteriology in 1954, both from Michigan State University.

Prior to his career at Illinois Cereal Mills, he worked at Miles Laboratories in Elkhart, Ind., as a biosciences laboratory research scientist as well as the dextrose plant manager. He was a former Chairman of the Research & Technical Committees of the American Corn Millers Association. In addition, he held memberships in the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and had amassed a number of U.S. and foreign patents throughout his career.

In his spare time, he enjoyed digital and stereo photography and was a member of the National Stereoscopic Association, the Stereoscopic Society of America and the International Stereoscopic Union. He also enjoyed rockhounding, gardening and traveling.

Jack and Barbara Swarthout were staunch supporters of the HRC – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the family asks memorials be made to that cause.

Online condolences at www.TempletonFuneralHome.com.