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Thursday, 26 May 2011 20:23

By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican


Imperial native Michael Swanson began employment at Liewer Funeral Home last week.

“Cindy and I have been diligently waiting for Michael to arrive,” Mike Liewer said Monday.

Swanson, 25, graduated from the Des Moines Area Community College in 2008 in mortuary science, then served a year’s internship with Roper & Sons Funeral Home in Lincoln. He had also attended Northwest Missouri State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before attending mortuary school.

Swanson served with the Nebraska National Guard in Iraq for a year following his Lincoln internship. He is a licensed funeral director in Nebraska, and will be performing the same work as Liewer.

Swanson said he became interested in mortuary science following a talk Liewer gave to students at Chase County Schools.

Liewer said he’s talked with Swanson over the years about joining the Imperial business.

The family at Liewer Funeral Home includes, from left in front, Rusty and Colleen Kinder, Michael, Tenley and Angie Swanson; back, from left, Cindy, Mike and Shannon Liewer. (Imperial Republican Photos)


Swanson’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and playing with his daughter.

Liewer Funeral Home has been owned by Mike and Cindy Liewer for 20 years.

Employee Rusty (W.D.) Kinder, 84, has been with the Liewers the entire time. He actually began working for Luhrs Funeral Home in 1946.

That business later became Luhrs and Reynolds Funeral Home, then Creveling Funeral Home before the Liewers purchased it.

Kinder and wife, Colleen, actually also worked for Luhrs Furniture Store in Imperial. She was a secretary and he sold carpet and linoleum. They also owned the J.C. Penney Store in Imperial.

Kinder assists with all funerals, performs removals and “about everything,” Liewer said. “He’s my right hand man, and I couldn’t do it without him,” Liewer commented.