Elro loved a very blessed life, surrounded in his last years by his loving children. He was raised in Walker County and graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1947 on the G.I. Bill. He had served as a flight instructor during World War II and was recalled to the military after graduation. Elro enjoyed his career in the Air Force, where he had great assignments until his retirement in 1969. He received his Masters degree from Air Force Institute of Technology while stationed in Ohio. During his service he was also a veteran of service in Korea and Thailand (Vietnam War.) His second career was as an entrepreneur; first in aircraft restoration and sales, then as a solar manufacturer where he held two patents for the system he designed.
Elro and his family lived for 40 years in Millbrook and his business was based at Elmore County Airport. Following the death of his beloved wife, Doris, in 2004, Elro built a new home next to family on Lake Mitchell to enjoy his final years.
Swindle was a fine example of kindness and generosity, always willing to lend a hand. He even helped in a rebuilding project after Hurricane Katrina despite his age. He was very active until 2010 when his Parkinson’s disease became well-advanced. Never a complainer, Elro was of fine character and great integrity; he was loved and admired by many.
Elro is survived by his children, John Elro Swindle (Genye), Rebecca S. McCallum (William) and Ruth S. Henry (Thomas); as well as two grandchildren, Susan S, Wilson and Scott Swindle; and one great-grandchild, Jasmine Swindle.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2011, at Collins-Burke Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Brian Dovey will officiate. Collins-Burke Funeral Home will direct. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Friday at Collins-Burke Funeral Home Chapel prior to services.
Any memorial contributions should be to either APDA/Parkinson Plaza/135 Parkinson Ave./Staten Island, NY 10305-1425, or to Clanton First United Methodist Church/Pastor Appreciation/207 8th St. N./Clanton, AL 35045.