James Eugene Swearengin, age 86, of Sparta, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2024 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born July 25, 1937 in the Dogwood Community located in Douglas County. He was the son of Oscar Murlin and Ida (Yates) Swearengin. On December 19, 1959 Jim was united in marriage to Katherine Yeary and to this union four children were born.

Jim proudly served our country as a member of the United States Navy and later received an honorable discharge. Later, Jim was employed with Kraft Foods in Springfield, Missouri, until his retirement.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Betty Fitzgerald and two brothers Tommy Swearengin and Dwight Swearengin; brother-in-law Stanley Workman and sister-in-law Floretta Swearengin.

Jim is lovingly survived by his wife of 65 years Katherine; two sons Robert Swearengin and Roger Swearengin; two daughters Tina Workizer and husband Randy, and Christy Barb and husband Matthew; adopted son Kenny Heriford; five grandchildren Anna Swearengin, Megan Workizer, Ally Barb, Davin Workizer and Chandler Barb; one great-granddaughter Finley June Rubrecht; other relatives include four siblings Peggy Grimes and husband Jesse, Joan Workman, Dean Swearengin and wife Dortha, Janis Preston and husband Bill; sister-in-law Diane Swearengin; and in Jim’s own words, “a bus load of nieces, nephews and a train load of cousins.”

Funeral services for Jim were held Saturday, April 13, 2024, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. Burial followed in Sparta Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com