Kenneth Swisher

Kenneth J. Swisher Sr.

Saturday, December 30th, 1933 - Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
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Kenneth J. Swisher, Sr., 85, of Fayetteville, PA, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Chambersburg Hospital. Born December 30, 1933 in Lebanon, PA, he was a son of the late David B. Swisher and Anna Patches Swisher.

A US Navy veteran, Ken served honorably during the Korean War. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Lebanon Valley College and his Master’s Degree in Forestry from Duke University in 1960. He was a Professor of Forestry at Penn State Mont Alto for 35 years until his retirement. He was an active member of the Chambersburg Bible Church where he served as a Deacon and on the Church Board. He was a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Waynesboro Fish and Game Club, the National Association of Destroyer Veterans “Tin Can Sailors”, and a former board member of the Child Evangelism Fellowship. Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carole Denton Swisher, whom he married on December 20, 1959; two children, Danelle Swisher Sheppard and husband Wayne of Chambersburg, and David Swisher and wife Julia of Pottstown, PA; four grandchildren, Lauren Sheppard Davis, Benjamin Cole Sheppard, Katherine Sheppard Hang, and Turner Robb Swisher; four great grandchildren, Drew Benjamin Davis, Cole Hensley Sheppard, Grayson Cub Sheppard and Ruby Lynn Sheppard; and three brothers, David B. Swisher, Jr., Raymond Swisher and Russell Swisher. In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth J. Swisher, Jr.; and two brothers, Ronald and Edward Swisher.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the Chambersburg Bible Church, 810 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201. Pastor Gary Yoder will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 PM on Monday at the Church. Interment will be held at Denton Cemetery in Robbinsville, NC. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 25th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, November 25th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Chambersburg Bible Church
    810 Orchard Drive
    Chambersburg, PA 17201
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  • Service

    Monday, November 25th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, November 25th, 2019 2:00pm
    Chambersburg Bible Church
    810 Orchard Drive
    Chambersburg, PA 17201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Denton Cemetery
    Address not given


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Brian Thieme

Posted at 12:32pm
Swisher Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I graduated from PSU Mont Alto in 1980 with an Associate Degree in Forest Technology. Mr. Swisher was my instructor for many of my classes.
I will always cherish the memories of Mont Alto and wanted you to know that Mr. Swisher had a very positive impact on my life.

Brian Thieme
North Catasauqua , PA


Valerie Lawracy Adank

Posted at 05:03pm
No matter how many times it happens, I never get used to getting news about the death of a family member, an old friend, neighbor, A swim parent, or in this case, someone who was like a second dad to me growing up.

Life gets busy, kids and grandkids come along, distance makes it harder to stay connected.. My heart was heavy earlier this week. I should have called. I didn’t. I have peace knowing mom & dad, but especially dad was there to greet you. I Loved you like a dad. Glad you are now pain free. Life had been a struggle for so long. I wish we weren’t so far away. I wish a lot of things were different. I wish I would have made many different choices that could have allowed us to stay more connected face to face.

I spent the last few hours reflecting on the connections of our families. The commutes to swim practice in your red VW, vacations and trips together, the pain and sorrow of dealing with tragic loss so long ago, and how your family stood in the gap for ours through the deaths of both of our parents. 😭😭😭
I treasure you, your lovely wife, and all your kids and grand kids.

Life just isn’t fair is it? The agony that I’m feeling right now is overwhelming and I can’t stop sobbing. You were truly a wonderful man, Mr Swisher. I will always remember the story you would tell about how these neighbor families from up and down the street became friends. In a day and age where we don’t let our kids out of our sights, the thought of a 4 year old riding her tricycle down the street a 1/8 mile to play seems insane and dangerous. I still remember that day, after all these years, walking into your house and saying “hi, my name is Valerie Lawracy, can kids come out to play?”

I would like to think that’s how you made your entrance to heaven. Maybe like a child, you pushed the gate open, introduced yourself, and asked if anyone could play. I can only hope that my dad, and mom, and Kenneth (Kenny/Ken) were and old friends reuniting for the first time in a very long time.

Love You Mr. Ken Swisher!! ❤️❤️❤️
You will always be remembered and never forgotten. 🎣🏹🚣🏼‍♂️🏕⛰🏝🏖⛱🏮💜

David E. Mong

Posted at 06:36am
Thank you Mr. Swisher for being trustworthy, passionate, caring, mentally tough, emotionally sound and spiritually-walked in-the-faith; this and more life wellness was demonstrated as you taught us in the forestry profession. You cared so much about life, the natural resources, family and friends. Heaven just got a little louder as you made entry into glory to rest with the Lord in His presence. You made a mark on society and helped many others, you raised a great son; may your reward be great. May God grant you assignment over a portion of natural resources in glory land. You were a wonderful human being. Sincerely, David E. Mong class of 1993.

District 1, Volvo Construction Equipment

Posted at 02:55pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Posted at 02:47pm
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