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Major Ralph Swick, Jr. Retired

A funeral service celebrating the life of Retired Major Ralph Swick, Jr., age 76, of Thornville, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Grace Lutheran Church, 65 East Columbus Street, Thornville, with Pastor Orrey McFarland,officiating.

With much sadness, we are announcing Ralph’s passing on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. Major Swick has taken his last flight. He was born July 11, 1943, in Lancaster, to the late Ralph and Lillian (Fiest) Swick, Sr.

Ralph was a member of the first graduating class at Sheridan High School. He was an alumnus of Otterbein University in Westerville. Major Swick was retired from USAF with more than 20 years service and enjoyed every minute of serving his country. Ralph retired from Rockwell International Truck Axle Division in Heath, after 30 years of service. He was also a gentleman farmer in Thornville and Pleasantville.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kathleen Swick; a son, Ralph (Crystal) Swick, III; a daughter, Lynn (Scott) Parsell; four grandchildren, Garrett Dittoe, Caleb, Rachel and Alyssa Swick; a great-grandson, Michael (who gave him great joy in his last years); two sisters, Mea Swick and Patty Wyeth; and a brother-in-law, Harmon Wyeth. Uncle Ralph will be missed by his numerous nieces and nephews, especially, Jennifer and Charlie Rowe, who spent many hours with him. Not to be forgotten are his Air Force veteran pals with whom he stayed connected through the years at their monthly breakfast meetings.

In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Wyeth.

Family and friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, February 14, at The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 1249 Hebron Road, Heath.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 65 E. Columbus St., Thornville, OH 43076 or Shrivers Hospice, 601 Underwood St, Zanesville, OH 43701.

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