Kenneth L. “Larry” Swanger
Kenneth L. Larry Swanger, age 68, of 60 Pearl Drive, Shelby died Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at the Cleveland Clinic after a long illness.
Ken, or Larry as he was known by many, was born July 5, 1938 in Shelby. He was a 1957 graduate of Savannah High school in Savannah, Ohio and attended El Camino Junior College in Torrence, California. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Ken had been employed at AMF and Roethlisberger Transfer both in Shelby and retired as a salesman from Mattox Real Estate in Shelby. He was well known as the owner of Ken Swanger Auctions and the owner of The Elephant Foot, an antique store in downtown Shelby. He was an active member of the First Christian Church in Shelby where he served as deacon, president of the board for many years, and attended the Tuesday Morning Bible Readers. He was a member of Train Collectors of America and the Ohio Chapter of Royal Doulton Collectors Club.
He is survived by his wife, Susan (Roethlisberger) Swanger, whom he wed on November 13, 1960; His parents, Kenneth W. and Esther J. (Kegley) Swanger of Shelby; 3 brothers and spouses, James L. and Beverly Swanger of Shelby, Charles W. and Lorraine Swanger of Mansfield, Douglas E. and Lorraine Swanger of Mifflin; 1 sister, Marilyn J. Dosier and her companion, Kevin Snyder of Shelby; Many nieces and nephews; His Little Brother from the Big Brother Program, Eric Rath of Shelby. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marijo and Dr. Alvin Berman and Lee Dosier.
Friends may call on Sunday, April 15, 2007, from 2-5 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Monday at 1 PM with his pastor, Rev. Brad Mc Bee officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby with military services conducted by the Shelby American Legion. In lieu of flowers, memorial expressions may be made to the First Christian Church. The family would appreciate on line condolences penwellturner.com