Hundreds attend Rep. Jackie Walorski Swihart’s funeral at Granger Community Church

Hundreds of people gathered at the Granger Community Church on Thursday morning to pay their last respects to U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski Swihart. Among those present were local dignitaries, a delegation from the US Congress and some who have never even met the congresswoman.

Daniel Buck said he heard Rep. Walorski speak at a religious event and wrote him letters, but they never connected in person.

He said he felt the need to be of service.

“I just felt drawn to it. I had the opportunity to get away from work and wanted to be here to participate. It seemed like a pretty big event to me. I did not know her personally. I knew relationships with her family members, but she was just my representative, and she represented me well, and I was very happy with her services,” Buck said.

The service began at 11 a.m. with opening statements and an invocation by Pastor John Wilson.

Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, shared his personal thoughts and memories.

Several politicians who worked closely with Rep. Walorski also spoke, including Indiana Governor Eri Holcomb, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Steve Scalise, Rep. Ann Wagner, and Rep. Brad Wenstrup.

Norma P. Rex