Kenneth Eugene “Ken” Swanger

January 31, 1926 ‒ October 02, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Kenneth Eugene “Ken” Swanger passed away Friday, October 2, 2015 in Lexington Court Care Center. He was 89.

Ken was born January 31, 1926 in Mansfield to parents Charles and Blanche (Thompson) Swanger. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII.

Ken attended North Liberty United Methodist Church and recently Crossroads Community Church in Mansfield. In spare time, he enjoyed hunting deer and small game, fishing, and traveling, especially to Las Vegas, Arizona and California.

He is survived by his wife Elsie (Bullock) Swanger of Galion; children Jeanette (Isaac) Back of Bellville, Lyn (Tom) Fisher of Ontario, Joe (Cheri) Bittinger of Phoenix, AZ, Pam Drotleff of Ashland, Barb Miller of Butler, Tom (Marina) Eller of Lancaster; daughter-in-law Cindy Swanger of Ashland; children Sandra Carsey of Pavonia and David (Michelle) Carsey of Mansfield; numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren; siblings Betty (Bill) West, Ronald Swanger, Helen Swanger, Nancy (Robert) Robinson, and Carol (Bob) Deems; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his first wife Virginia Swanger, son’s Ken and Ivan Swanger, brothers Dick, Charles, Art, Floyd, and Bob Swanger.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 2 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his family will receive friends the hour prior. Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ken’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • I am Ken’s daughter, along with the rest of my siblings that weren’t mentioned, I will miss you daddy!!!!

  • Daddy I love You Thank You for taking me fishing, letting me drink all the coffee creamer cups I could every time you took me to breakfast before taking to pleasant hill, giving me the amazing adventures traveling out West, teaching me what it means to be a strong individual, and knowing I’m always right because that’s what a “Swanger” does. You are My Father and the same to Tom Eller, Barb Miller, Pam Drotleff, Ivan Swanger, Kenneth Swanger, Joe Bittinger, Lyn Fisher, as well as the countless foster children you supported trough out the Years. Thank you for walking me down to meet my loving husband on my wedding day. You are my foundation You are My Father You’ve been my Rock. Love you and will always miss You Daddy.

  • My name is Pam Drotleff, I am the daughter of this wonderful man and of Virginia Swanger. I call him dad not by blood but by love, foster is a word means nothing, I was 9 yrs old when they took my sister,Barb, brother Ivan and myself in their home, they are the only parents I know. He was a great, giving man, I loved him with my whole heart. My other siblings Joe,Lyn, Kenny, Barb, Ivan, Tommy, Jeanette some blood but all brothers and sisters in love, foster is just a word. Heaven got another angel, he will be greeted their in heaven by many lost family members, I am glad this terrible disease is over for him. “Alzheimer’s”. He never understood it, always said his thinker just wasn’t working, he was a awesome man and will be missed greatly! I love you Dad! God speed!

    • In tears I wrote this I mean no disrespect to anyone, I spelled a few words wrong! Just know that some will never understand what this kind of family means. We are all God’s children and love is love and family is family!

  • To Barb and family ~ true unconditional love shines through in your heart as you share your thoughts here. Praying for all of you on the passing of your father knowing that one day we will all be together again. Rest in Peace Ken Swanger for one day there will be a great reunion with your loving family and children.

  • Barb Miller and family : I am so sorry for your loss and pray that you will find peace in knowing that your loved one is now free of pain and in a beautiful place!

  • I love you Grandpa. Beef, homemade noodles and bread will always be my favorite because of you. I will cherish the stories and memories you shared and helping clean the yard and feed the animals. So many happy things to remember. It takes a truly special person to touch so many lives! I think they would have to reserve the whole newspaper to list off all the wonderful things that you did and the people that you cared for. You will be truly missed. <3

  • Condolences to all of the “children” of Ken Swanger…..what a kind, easy going man he was. A man with a big heart and a lot of love to give. Love, hugs and prayers to all of you.

  • To Jeanette , Tommy ,Barbie and all the other amazing brother and sisters! My heart is heavy and my condolences to all of you! Ken is an amazing Man and made many great impressions on me during mine and Jeanette’s HighSchool years!

  • Barb and family. We are so sorry for the great man that you have lost . You can tell he was very much loved ! I work with someone that is mentioned but had no idea he was your father . Love , hugs and Prayers to you all !

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Jeanette and her family during this difficult time. Hang on to those precious memories Jeannette, and allow them to help you get through this hard time.