Michael Timothy Swift, 66, of Glasgow died unexpectedly Monday, March 6, 2017 at T. J. Samson Community Hospital. Born in Louisville Oct. 17, 1950, he was the son of the late Timothy and Margaret Swift. He was also preceded in death by his wife in 2012, Sherryl Ann Swift. Mike graduated from DeSales High School in 1968 and was awarded a scholarship to attend Western Kentucky University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Science and Master’s degree in the Arts. He was an athletic trainer for WKU’s sports teams and was known affectionately by players and coaches as “Gentle Ben”. After completing his Master’s degree in 1974, Mike worked for the Bowling Green “City/County” Hospital Ambulance Service and Johnson-Vaughn Funeral Home. On December 10, 1974, he was hired by Barren County Judge Executive Dale Burchett to form and run as director, the Barren County Emergency Medical Services. Mike lead the service for almost 42 years, retiring August 31, 2016. He also was elected and served as Barren Coroner from 1989 until August 31, 2016. He had received many awards and recognitions through the years and served locally and statewide for the betterment of emergency services. He was Santa to hundreds of children and adults and was G Daddy to his grandchildren. South Green Elementary school named him the first, First Responder of the Year and he had served as the president Kentucky Ambulance Providers Association. He is survived by 5 children, Schelly Vance of Glasgow, Beth Walden (J.D.) of Glasgow, Johnny Vance (Laura) of Smiths Grove, Jamie Swift (Faith) of Glasgow and Jason Swift of Tennessee; 5 grandchildren Ben Payne, Jesse Payne, Mary Kate Vance, Grady Vance, Everly Swift and baby girl Swift due in April. He is also survived by 1 brother David Swift (Pam) of Shepherdsville; a sister-in-law Lou Ellan Carpenter of Hiseville; brother-in-law Charles Boston of Danville and a special friend, Lisa Simpson Strange. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Friday, March 10th at the Glasgow Baptist Church with burial in the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be at Glasgow Baptist Church beginning at 12:00 Thursday and continuing Friday morning from 9:00 AM until time for the service. A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Barren Co. EMS, P.O.Box 304, Glasgow, KY 42142 or the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Assn.

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    • Thank You Mike for all your Kindness and Deeds you did for us all these many years! We will never forget!

  1. So sorry to hear of Mikes passing the family is in our thoughts and prayers.He was a really nice sweet man.

  2. Prayers for the family…I got to know Ben when he was a trainer at WKU. All the football coaches and players loved him, and as this was the time of the TV show ‘Gentle Ben’, and due to his large size and kind and gentle demeanor, they started calling hi

  3. Years ago not too long after Mike had taken over as director of the ambulance service my dad had a heart attack. When he found out who it was Mike jumped in the ambulance to come out on the run. He rode in the back with my dad and when we got to the hos

  4. We are very sad to hear of Mike’s passing. I will always remember his kindness and compassion as he came to my mom’s house right after her passing. He was a very genuine person that we will truly miss.

    • We lit a candle in memory of one of the finest men in Glasgow.
      He will be remembered by countless people in Glasgow and surrounding counties.
      James & Olene Richey

  5. Just saw Mike at Glasgow basketball game a couple weeks ago. So sorry to hear of his passing. I worked at TJChilcare 13 years and he would stop in to see Sherryl and always had a good clean joke for us. Great man that will be missed. Another angel with Sh


  7. I knew Mike as ‘santa’ to the hospital employees for many years…and as the husband of my classmate, Sherryl. He was friend to everyone he met…comforting them in their time of need, encouraging them when they were down, smiling, uplifting their spiri

  8. May God Bless you all. He was a great guy. He has been with us thru some troubled times as well as other people in Barren County. He was great & Special guy. Barren County loved him

  9. Michael was a fantastic guy. Whomever he came in contact with left with a smile!! He will be missed by everyone. RIP my sweet friend. Love and prayers to his children.

  10. Mike was a dear friend to me and to my mother and father (Robert and Marie McCann)
    I will always remember his smile and the way he was so kind to everyone. No one was a stranger to him. May God Bless His Family. My Mom, Dad and I send our Prayers too.

    • Always such a compassionate and caring soul!!! You will be missed by all that had the privilege to know you!!!

  11. I’m not going to say Goodbye but ‘Til we meet again’ my friend of 23 years. There will never be another like you. Fly high, Mike!
    Tonya, Doug, and Gracie Kerney

  12. A Saint called home. Mike exemplified a gentle spirit full of optimism & a life of joy. May we all take a part of his character & apply to our own lives. An honor to have known Mike for many years. Blessed.

  13. A big man with a big heart….. Mike was such a caring person who always had a smile for everyone. He has made such an impact on our community and he will be sorely missed. David and Marilyn Thomas

  14. Mike was a man who truly made a difference!
    • He made life saving decisions that made the difference between life and death. There are folks in the community who are alive today because Mike made a difference.
    • Mike made a difference in the Kentuck

  15. Dear Swift family–

    May I share my heartfelt sympathy with you in the loss of a great man, Gentle Ben, as I knew him. I was on the film staff for the WKU Football Team in the early and middle ’70’s
    when I first met Mike as the team trainer. I got to trav

  16. Mike was so humble that every time I tried to thank him for his service and compassion to my family and to our community, he quickly changed the focus of our conversation to my family and me and how we were doing. He left an example of what service and co

    • There will never be another man like Mike. I am not saying goodbye, I am saying until later my friend. Mike will always have a special place in my heart. Love you my friend. Rest In Peace!

  17. Glasgow has lost a very caring man! He was so kind and respectful to all! His memory will live on! God bless u all

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