Melvin Owen Swartzentruber
July 30, 1929 ‒ October 05, 2017
FREDERICKTOWN: A family that works together, plays together, and prays together, is a family that will stay together. This life motto is evident in kind of life that Melvin lived.
Melvin Owen Swartzentruber went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ Thursday, October 5, 2017 from his home surrounded by his family. He was 88.
He was born July 30, 1929 in Holmes County to parents Mose & Katie (Miller) Swartzentruber.
While in Bible school a beautiful young lady named Wilma Swartz caught his eye and the pair dated for three years, exchanging letters all that time before marrying on September 20, 1950.
Melvin spent most of his life working as a dairy farmer. His family was even recognized as the “Dispatch Farm Family of Morrow County” in 1972. He was also the first in the state to get an automated milking parlor and later computerized feeding systems. He especially loved milking the cows, he milked his first cow when he was just seven years old! He could be heard whistling and singing while he was working.
Melvin was a charter member of the Johnsville Mennonite Church and could always be heard singing with the congregation. It was in Bible school that Melvin became involved in a male quartet and his love of singing only grew from then on. His tenor vocals will be truly missed by his church family.
He was a generous giver, always one to give to those around him that were in need, but he gave the most to his family always providing for them and being the father they needed. He will always be remembered for his story telling and how everyone would be in tears from the laughter that he would invoke.
He is survived by children: Nadene (Stephen) Eads of Richmond, VA; Tim (Rhoda) Swartzentruber of Fredericktown; wife of Cecil, Mary Jane Swartzentruber of Marysville, Wendell (Melody) Swartzentruber of Ashland; Rosetta (Lambert) Sommers of Nashville, TN; and Shannon (Keith) Scheffel of Rosedale; 25 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren (with one on the way!); siblings Alma Mullet, Katie Stauffer and Paul Swartzentruber.
In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years Wilma Swartzentruber a son Cecil Swartzentruber and siblings Edna, Erma, Martha, Mary and Esther.
The Swartzentruber family will receive friends 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 9, 2017 in Johnsville Mennonite Church, 7387 County Road 242, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held in North Woodbury Alliance Church, 6385 OH-314, Mt Gilead, Ohio 43338 beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 10. Pastors Matt Roggio and Lambert Sommers will officiate. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Melvin’s memory to Rosedale Mennonite Missions and Midwives for Haiti may be made at the funeral.
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