Leo John Swope Jr. 1927 ~ 2024


Leo John Swope Jr. was born November 16th, 1927 in Canadian, Texas to Zella Mae (Jackson) and Leo John Swope, Sr. He passed away at his home near Reydon, Oklahoma on Monday, January 22nd, 2024 at the age of 96 years, 2 months and 6 days.

Leo spent his childhood going to school at Midway, later transferring to Reydon and graduating in 1947. After graduation he was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He returned home in 1952 to work at different jobs including Stickley Ranch, the railroad in Vaughn, New Mexico, Ulysses Hardware in Ulysses, Kansas, Phillips Rubber and the Carbon Black plant in Borger, Texas. It was during this time that he was married to Barbara Gay (Hunter) in Clovis, New Mexico on October 23, 1954. Together they moved from Ulysses, Kansas, and Stinnett, Texas before making their home in Reydon, Oklahoma In 1963, Leo began working for Northfork Electric where he was a lineman and was employed for the better part of 29 years. He and Barbara raised two children, Marla Kay and David Neil. Throughout the years, Leo enjoyed farming, riding the tractor, cattle, and spending time with his family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son, David Neil; a baby brother; sister, Zella Mae Hubbard and husband, Frank Hubbard.

Leo is survived by his wife of 69 years, Barbara, of the home; daughter, Marla Kay Maddox and husband, Bobby, Elk City, OK; grandson, Chance Maddox and Samantha Archer; nephew, Harlan Hubbard and family; nieces, Priscilla Blair and family and Taryn Cordell and family; cousins, Willa Shelton, D.L. Jackson, Adren Jackson and families, Ellen Wesner and family, Mick Bessire, Tony Bessire and families; special friends Max Bullard, Dana Yowell and family and a host of other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Reydon Fire Department and White Rose Cemetery. Services were held Monday, January 29, 2024 at the Reydon Community Building under the direction of Affordable Cremation West, Elk City, Oklahoma.

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