BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — Harley Allen Swaney, 80, of Bellefontaine, formerly of Tulare, S.D., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. Harley was born on March 1, 1932, to Lloyd and Lulu (Brummett) Swaney in South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his parents, his oldest brother while an infant, and a sister-in-law.
Harley married Shirley Ost in May of 1953, and she survives along with his sons, Douglas (Betsy) Swaney and Robert (Lynn) Swaney, and two daughters, Cathy (Jeff) Willetts and Karen (John) Barlow. He was blessed by 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by four brothers and one sister.
After a time in the Air Force, Harley and his wife farmed in Spink County, South Dakota, for more than 20 years. They then purchased and operated the Tulare Hardware store for 15 years. In October 2000, they moved to Bellefontaine, Ohio, where he worked for Lowe’s for 12 more years.
For many years, he served faithfully in his church, his local school board, the local American Farm Bureau, Lions Club, and youth baseball team. After moving to Ohio, he enjoyed writing his remembrances as a legacy to his family. His hobbies included hunting and fishing, woodworking, genealogy, traveling, and various collections.
The funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the Calvary Baptist Church in Bellefontaine with Pastor Jeff Willetts officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to: Calvary Baptist Building Fund, 1140 Rush Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Eichholtz Funeral Home in Bellefontaine is handling the arrangements and condolences to the family may be expressed at: www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.
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