Alan W. Sword

July 16, 1959 – Sept. 11, 2021

A celebration of the life of Alan Sword, 62-year-old Buffalo resident who passed away suddenly at his home in Buffalo Saturday morning will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17 in the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor Tom Saur officiating. Donations in Alan’s memory may be made to the Alan Sword Memorial to help his family with final expenses in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at

​​Alan Wayne Sword was born on July 16, 1959 in Casper, Wyoming, to Alan and Donna Sword. He went to school in Casper until the sixth grade when he moved to Buffalo and attended junior high and high school. He graduated from Buffalo High School with the class of 1977. After high school he attended Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, for two years where he played football. In 1980 he took a job at the Little America Oil Refinery in Casper which became Amoco Oil where he worked for 14 years. He was married to his first wife Lori for nine years and they lived in Casper. He was later transferred with Amoco in Texas City, Texas. He was married on Feb. 18, 1995 to Cynthia Jannasch in Liverpool, Texas, and they made their home in Alvin, Texas, where Alan worked for Autotech and later took a job with the Mustang Bayou Polo Ranch where he trained and exercised polo ponies. In August of 2001 they moved back to Buffalo where he went to work for City Electric as a journeyman electrician. He worked with Volunteers of America for three and a half years and later became a master electrician and worked for Yellowstone Electric, Powell Electric and Ruby Electric. In 2019 he went to work for Automations Electronics in Casper until the COVID Pandemic closed the business. Ill health forced him to retire in 2020 and he continued living in Buffalo until his death.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Local 322 in Casper. He was a past member of Johnson County Search and Rescue. Alan was an avid runner and ran numerous 10Ks and completed the Boston Marathon.

He is survived by his wife Cindy Sword of Buffalo; his father and step-mother Alan and Shirl Sword of Casper; his mother and father-in-law, Gross and Barbara Bumpers of Houston, Texas; two step-sons, Jason Jannasch of Lindale, Texas, and William Jannasch of Casper, Wyoming; one step-daughter Kimberly Chrane and her husband Chris of Lindale, Texas; and two step-sisters, Lori Brown and her husband Paul of Tennessee and Teri Kovaleski and her husband Rol of Florida; sister Tammy Dee Christiansen and husband Harley of Rock Springs Wyoming; step-sister Lynn Houster of Hawaii; and step-brother Ken Hiler of Wyoming; many nieces and nephews; and Alan’s fur babies Tipolina and Tankerbelle. He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother Chris Sword.