Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Randle Swink

Born: 3/19/1922

Died: 6/23/2003

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Randle Swink, 81, of Swink, Oklahoma passed away June 23, 2003 at the VA hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born March 19, 1922 in Swink, the son of Bert R. Swink and Ina Lou (Stroud) Swink.

Mr. Swink was a World War II Navy veteran serving with the Seabees. He Attended Swink School and Ft. Towson High School. He was in construction most of his life, most recently in Hawaii on the island of Maui where he was a genral contractor for 20 years. He returned to Choctaw County briefly in the 1950’s and worked for the State Highway Department as supervisor for the Hugo District, served as Post Commander for the Ameriican Legion in Ft. Towson, and joined the Masonic Lodge. He was president of the Barstow, California Lions Club and an officer in the Kilei Lions Club in Maui. Randle retired to Swink in 1993 with his wife, Lila, and founded the Swink Historical Preservation Association which owns and operates the District Choctaw Chief’s House at Swink where his father was born. He served on the Board of Directors for Kiamichi County Travel Guide and was an original member of the EZ/EC and Champion Community Steering committees. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and can trace his Swink ancestors back to the Revolutionary War. A lifelong Democrat, he was Swink Precinct Chairman, served on the County Central Committee and this year was a county delegate to the state convention.

Survivors include his wife, Lila Swink; three sons, Burt R. Swink, Jack R. Swink and David R. Swink, all of Maui; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; four first cousins and some 100 other relatives around the country and many friends near and far.