In Memory of

Daniel Wilbert Swain

August 12, 1934 - April 19, 2021
From: Cherokee, IA

Daniel Wilbert Swain of Cherokee Iowa passed away on April 19, 2021.  Dan was born in Milbank SD on Aug 12, 1934, the fourth of five children born to Rev Bruce Wright Swain and Alice (Moeller) Swain.  His early years were spent in Jefferson City, MO, but as the war drew to a close, his family relocated to Winner, SD.   After graduating from Winner High in 1952, Dan enlisted in the army.  He served in Europe, where he drove ambulance and forged several lifelong friendships.  The GI bill provided the support he needed to enroll in the University of South Dakota.  It was there, in a chemistry class, that he met Dorothy Wubbena.  So smitten was he by her charms, that he barely passed the class (she got an A).  They were wed in December of 1958.  Despite the setback in that chemistry class, Dan went on to earn a master’s degree in psychology.  He served as a psychologist at the Minnesota Home School for Delinquent Girls in Sauk Center MN for six years.  As a practicing psychologist, he became interested in the connection between mental illness and religion.  So, in 1967, he enrolled in the Virginia Theological Seminary and moved his family, which now included three children, to Alexandria, VA.  After graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1969, Dan and his family moved to Cherokee IA where Dan served as chief psychologist at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute until his retirement 30 years later.

 Dan enjoyed tinkering with electronics, being a member of the Episcopal church community, writing bad poetry, and keeping bees.  He liked Agatha Christie mysteries, James Bond movies, and chocolate chip cookies.  The center of his universe was his family. 

 Dan is survived by his wife Dorothy Wubbena Swain; his children, Elisabeth (Jeff Klahn) Swain, Amy (Judd) Lyons, and Will (Suellen) Swain; his grandsons, Alex (Kara) Baldwin, Ben and Sam Lyons, Max and Henry Swain; and a great grandson, Parker Baldwin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 23, 2021, at the All Saints Episcipal Church in Storm Lake, Iowa. Face masks and social distancing will be required at the church.
Rev. Stacey Gerhart
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church
Gilman Cemetery
Ashton, Iowa


Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:35 PM
“Our prayers are with you all. I sure enjoyed my time with Dan, loved making him smile and laugh❤️ Hugs to Dorothy from all of us at Sports Rehab”
- Karmen Hodgdon
Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:35 PM
“Dear Dorothy, Will, Amy, and Lisa,
I was very sad to hear the news about Dan. Your family was such an important part of my high school years and were such a positive influence in those times. My condolences to you and your families.”
- Dan Benson
Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:35 PM
“We wish to send along our most sincere and heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Dan Swain. I (Janice) worked at the Cherokee MHI first as a Certified Med Aid, and then later as a Registered Nurse. I will always recall fondly learning about many Psychology topics from Dan. He was incredibly knowledgeable in his field, and very well-respected by all. He was always kind and caring to his patients, and greeted all MHI staff with a big smile and a warm heart. May God Bless him, his family, and all that is their's.

My son Daniel was a Cherokee Washington High School Graduate (1984), and a high school percussionist who was in band with Dan's son, Will. Years later, Daniel (my son) and Will met again at Phi Rho Sigma, my son's medical fraternity during medical school at The University of Iowa -- Will had many friends at, and often visited with, the members of Phi Rho. He recalls many good times with Will, passing the hours away on days off playing Nintendo Tecmo Bowl and Laser Tag! Will had a fondness for singing about "Scramblin' Bernie" of the Cleveland Browns! My son, Daniel, and his entire family wish to give their condolences, love, and prayers to the entire Swain Family, and to remind Will of the fun times he recalls while at Phi Rho Sigma in Iowa City. Daniel went on to train in Cardiovascular Diseases & Cardiovascular Surgery at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Harvard University in Boston/Cambridge, MA.

With Kindest Regards & Greatest Admiration,
Janice C. Nelson
David L. Nelson
Dr. Daniel L Nelson Family (Daniel & Maria, and children Elisha & Enrico)”
- Janice C. Nelson, RN & Family
Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:35 PM
“My sympathies for your loss. Just hearing the name Dan Swain always makes me smile. His joy for life was contagious. I remember how he and Dorothy often rode their bikes by our home. If only I could remember all the words to the silly song he would sing to the kids at CMHI. 😊”
- Elaine
Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:35 PM
“My sympathies to the Swain family for your loss. Just hearing the name Dan Swain makes me smile. His joy of life was contagious and I remember how he and Dorothy would ride their bicycles by our home. I wish I could hear him sing his silly song to the kids at CMHI once more. Rest in peace, Dan.”
- Elaine Stieneke
Monday, May 3, 2021 at 2:35 PM
“In August 1995, I arrived with my family in Storm Lake, IA, to start a ten year career at BVU. Our first Sunday, we showed up at All Saints Episcopal church and got our first jar of Dan Swain’s honey. I’ve missed all my friends from the church but have that special memory of Dan. Rest In Peace, my friend. Hugs! Veronica (with Liz and Andrew)”
- Veronica Kosky
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:03 AM
“Mr Swain was very knowledgeable and helpful to all at MHI. I am sorry for your loss. He was a good man. ”
- Cheryl Salter
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7:32 PM
“Rest Easy, Dan!! Learned lots from you - Life and Bees!!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
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