Loretta Swarthout, 82, of Mitchell, SD, finished her earthly work Monday, May 31, 2021 under hospice care at Firesteel Healthcare Center in Mitchell. A visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Sunday, June 6, at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Burial will be at Evanston City Cemetery in Evanston, WY. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Loretta Swarthout was born January 30, 1939 in Winnebago, NE to Fred and Marie (Wagner) Vavra. She moved with her family to a farm north of Presho, SD where she attended country school with her 10 siblings. Loretta started her x-ray technician career in Pierre, SD, and worked in radiology departments in Gettysburg, SD, Chamberlain, SD, and Evanston, WY. She moved to Mitchell in 2012 to help manage Lake Mitchell Campground. Loretta’s interests included hunting, canning, and music.
Loretta is survived by her sons, Eddie (Brenda) Skinner of Grand Forks, ND, Loren (Suzanne) Skinner of Mitchell, SD, and stepson Steve (Jenny) Swarthout of Beatrice, NE; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren: Kemra Williams - Angelo, Grabriel, Abrieanna, and Amaris, Stacie (Trevor) Snare - Brooklynn, Bentlee, and Bristol, Terese (Chris) Grayson - Christopher, Steven (Haley) Skinner - Blair and Molly, Preston (fiancé Morgan Turner) Skinner, and Eean Swarthout; sisters, Marie Brodrecht, Yvonne Ehlers, Kathryn Eichstadt all of Presho, SD, and Alva Johnson of Minneapolis, MN; and brother, Lyle (Lorraine) Vavra of Westminster, CA.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; son, Scott Skinner; stepson, Mark Swarthout; 2 step-grandsons, Damon Swarthout and Drae William Swarthout; and 5 brothers: Sonny, Lowell, Ilo, Ben, and Richard.