Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Donald Earl Swanger

Donald Earl Swanger, age 84 of Shelby died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Don was born November 7, 1934 in Shelby the son of the late William K. and Grace E. (Gutshall) Swanger.  He was a 1952 graduate of Shelby High School and attended DeVry University where he received an associate degree. Don was the co-owner of Swartz TV Sales and Service in Shelby. A Cleveland Indians and Browns fan, Don liked gardening and genealogy.  His mornings were spent at McDonalds with his friends solving all the world’s problems. Most of all Don especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending all of their activities.

He is survived by his children: Cynthia (Francis) Scruci of Bowling Green and Scott (Stephanie) Swanger of Shelby;  7 grandchildren: Adam (Vanessa) Swanger, Bruce (Megan) Swanger, Carolyn (Kevin) Montgomery, A.J. (Jessica) Alt, Aaron (Kate) Alt, Abram Swanger and Samuel Swanger; 6 great grandchildren; 3 siblings: Glenn Swanger, Bill Swanger and Elsie Shepherd; brother-in-law: Bill (Rhea Jane) Swartz; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

On July 31, 1954 he married Marguerite “Jane” Swartz and she preceded him in death on April 2, 2001. Also preceding him in death were his parents; a son: David Swanger; siblings: Frank Swanger, Beatrice Baker, Gladys Ewing, Helen Lybarger, Kenneth Swanger and Mildred Pugh.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, July 1, 2019 from 5-8 PM at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 11 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Ben Carver of Core Community Church officiating. Burial will be in most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to the Shelby Athletic Boosters.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Paul Crosby says:

    Don was a very kind and generous individual that friendship was his strongest attribute. We were classmates graduating in 1952. He married Jane Swartz after graduating, which was a good match for Don. I live in Lakeland,FL and Don has been in my thoughts several times in the last 67 years after graduation. To his family, you had the worlds best Dad,grandparent. God Bless your soul DON and your family. Paul

  2. Kim and June Heuberger says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time!

  3. Terri Patton says:

    Don Swanger was my uncle. He married my mother Joan’s twin sister. He has been a loving supporter of mine for 63 years. Soft spoken and deeply caring in my adult years. Don loved kids and was very entertaining to all of his nieces and nephews. He will be missed!

  4. Lynn Patton says:

    When I was a young kid I remember how much I enjoyed being in the room when family was together and Uncle Don was there. I had to listen closely to hear what he had to say but it was always worth it. I loved that he had a great sense of humor and a special smile that would just draw you in to want to hear more. That wonderful smile and his good-hearted chuckle will always be with me. Love you Uncle Don.

  5. Joni Young says:

    Just had a good visit with Don a little over a month ago. He was a soft spoken kind person. Thoughts and prayers to all of his family. Sincerely Jim and Joni Young

  6. Tammy Linville says:

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  7. Dale Jenney says:

    Our Heart and prayers to the family. Don was kind and a caring man. He always had a smile and kind word. He will be missed by many.

  8. Joyce Barnes says:

    So very sorry for your loss. He was always my (go to TV repair man). A very kind, gentle man. Heaven received an exceptional one!

  9. Tresa Mathews says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We lived next to the TV shop for many yrs. He was always so nice especially to my kids. One time my daughter was out shoveling snow, Don seen her and came out and helped her. Super nice guy.

  10. Randy and Lynelle Boyce says:

    So sorry to hear about Don…very nice man and wonderful TV repairman!! We’re taking good care of his old house!

  11. John A Kline says:

    So sorry to hear about Don ! Nicest guy ever !! Miss our coffee clach at McDonald’s!

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