Kenneth L. Swift, loved fishing

Kenneth L. Swift, 74, of Lewes, formerly of Wilmington, died Thursday, March 31, 2022 at his home.

Kenny was born May 16, 1947 in Wilmington, the son of the late John and Emily (Higley) Swift, and is the youngest of eight children. Kenny was a 1965 graduate of Wilmington High School, where he played football and had the honor of playing in Delaware’s 10and Annual blue-gold football match. From an early age, Kenny learned the skills of masonry while working with his family and retired as a mason nearly five decades later. His masonry skills were instrumental in how he would serve his country during the Vietnam War.

Kenny served in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968 in the U.S. Army 27and Engineer Battalion (Combat). His unit carried out an extensive program of base camp development, heavy construction and combat engineer support for military forces throughout the II Field Force Vietnam area.

Kenny’s true love was fishing. He grew up fishing freshwater with his dad and siblings at most ponds in the state. Moving to Lewes was a dream come true. This allowed him to find his ultimate peace surfing the beaches of Cape Henlopen. His passion and knowledge of fishing was a gift and will be treasured by generations of family and friends.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Bernice Swift, Nadine “Dean” Trader and Barbara “Cookie” Steward; brothers, Samuel “Sonny” Swift and John “Jack” Swift Jr.

He is survived by his sister, Delores “Dot” Fowler; his brother, Donald Swift; and several nieces and nephews.

The Swift family would like to thank Laura McDowell, Beth McDowell and Kenny’s extended surf fishing family for all of their care and support during his difficult times.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 20, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way Millsboro.

Online condolences can be sent by visiting melsonfuneralservices.com.