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Eli Beaver Swope, age 59, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 26, 2022. He was born December 20, 1962, in Escanaba, MI, to Ambrose and Rose (Moses) Beaver. Eli proudly served his country in the United States Army.

Survivors include, his step-mom, Pat Swope; daughters, Maria (Ed) Hussman and Tanya (Swope) Ward; sons, Nicholas (Marion) Swope and Alex VerMerris; grandchildren, Nitika, Rayna, Trinity, Dominick, Corey “CJ”, Oliver, and Melanie; sister, Yvonne Eastman; and brother, Joesph (Judy) Beaver.

Eli was preceded in death by his biological parents, Ambrose and Rose (Moses) Beaver; adopted mom, Maryann Swope; adopted dad Ron Swope; sisters, Margaret Boatwright; Mary Zalewskit, Cecelia Beaver, and Brandy Swope; brothers, John Beaver and William Beaver Swope; and daughter, Rebeca Swope.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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5 Condolences

  1. Jaime, DaKin and Emmy Shoemaker on January 28, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    We are so very sorry for your loss. He was a kind man with an abundant love for animals. You are all in our prayers during this difficult time.

  2. Morgan, Adam, Madyson, and Goldie on January 28, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    He is so missed!
    So thankful we got to know him!

    We will forever have a piece of him in his sweet Goldie and will always remember his kindness and big heart!

  3. Sandi Ward on January 29, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Your dad was a really kind man with a gentle spirit. Talking about his cats really made him light up. He will really be missed.

  4. Patricia Caron on January 31, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Pat Caron-Snope

  5. Cheryl Porter on February 26, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    Sorry to miss the wake, would have loved to see everyone. Eli was such a great person with a big heart and we will miss him dearly. Keeping everyone in our thoughts.

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