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Oklahoma inventor George 'Bill' Swisher dies

Family members talk about the life and loss of one of Oklahoma's most innovative inventors, George “Bill” Swisher.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 4, 2012

Oklahoma native and reputable inventor George William “Bill” Swisher died Thursday at his Oklahoma City home. He was 81.

Swisher was known for his innovative ideas and contributions to the state. He had more than 50 patents registered in his name at the time of his death.

“He was always curious about how things worked, how to make things better,” said his son, Thane Swisher.

Swisher was born in Oklahoma on Aug. 18, 1930. His wife, Wanda Young Swisher, 79, said he spent most of his life in Oklahoma and continued to take trips across the state until his health started to fail a few years ago.

“This was home,” she said. “He loved Oklahoma City, and he loved the state. It never occurred to him to leave.”

Falling in love

The two met in January 1953 when Wanda Swisher was caring for his grandmother as a nursing student.

“He was the best looking thing I've ever laid my eyes on,” she said she later told her friends.

It wasn't until September that she received the call she had been hoping for. “I received a call and he said, ‘You don't know who this is.' I said, ‘Oh, yes I do.'”

The two made a date the next night and eventually were married in July 1954.


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Service set

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 North Shartel Avenue.


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