Thomas Kellan Swihart

August 30, 1999 ‒ April 26, 2019

Fredericktown, Ohio

Thomas Kellan Swihart, age 19, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away with his brother by his side. He was born on August 30, 1999 in Columbus, Ohio the son of Thomas Kelley Swihart and Heather Dawn (Smith) Beeman.  Kellan was a 2018 graduate of the Knox County Career Center where he studied welding.  He was a member of the Fredericktown High School football, wrestling and track teams.  He was also a proud member of the F.F.A. of Fredericktown.  Kellan was currently working at Unique Custom Furniture in Fredericktown.

Kellan enjoyed believing he could be the ultimate survivalist on any television show.  He had the brain of a genius, skill of a master apprentice, the strength of Goliath, heart of a lion and the hug of a panda bear who always had a smile on his face.  Kellan will also be remembered for his unforgettable laugh.

Kellan is survived by his mother; a brother, Tate Kelley Swihart of Mount Vernon; grandparents, Thomas Swihart, Tim and Debbi Smith and Michelle Lamb; great grandmother, Gladys Horne; aunts and uncles, Matt and Laura Jane Matheny, Wade Smith, Pam and Duane Van Horn, aunt Jenny Johnstone, Mitchell and Susie Simpson, Bo and Betty Swihart and Ron and Jeane Horne.  He is also survived by many cousins and extended family.  He is survived by his best friend, Christian Kopina; friends, Cody Kopina, Jacob Hinger, Christian Wiles, Austin Beaver, Justin Pursel, Mason Talbott, Brandon Davis, Xavier Stallard, Mitch Hurlbutt, Billy Coss, Preston Coss, David Marshall, Austin Dickerson, Newt Davis, Anthony Miray, Baylee Musser, Brody McMahon, Dillon Watson, Jaci Bywaters and Ashley Stacy.

He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Noa Beth Swihart and paternal grandmother, Erlene Swihart.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 beginning at 11 am at the former Fredericktown High School and current Fredericktown Board of Education building, 117 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019.  The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is handling arrangements for the family of Thomas Kellan Swihart.

Memorial contributions in Kellan’s name may be made to the Fredericktown Athletic Department or the Knox County Career Center welding department.

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The family would like to extend a thank you to the first responders and medical team for everything they have done to help the Swihart family.


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  • To the family of soooo sorry for your loss.he was an awsome kid.he will truly be missed.god bless all of the family and friends.

  • So very sorry for your loss. Praying for you all during this difficult time. Kellan will be greatly missed by many and was a great kid. Hugs to all.

  • We are truly saddened as a family for this tragedy. It has saddened my children greatly and we be missed by many. Prayers for your family

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts ache for you. You are all continually in our prayers. Deepest sympathy.

  • So sorry for your loss. . praying for your family at this difficult time. May God give you peace & comfort you. God’s grace and mercy over you all .

  • I’m sorry for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs and love, Anita

  • Heather and Tate and family and friends so sorry for your loss. I will keep praying if you need to talk I will be here .My heart goes out to you Hearther

  • May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all. May Kellan’s soul rest in peace. Prayers for Tate’s healing.

  • Sending you and your family our deepest sympathy. It is devastating to lose a child as we have experienced with death of our daughter. We have been friends with the Kelly Family for years, Erlene being a classmate of mine. We pray your younger son will not be on the critical list, but home with your family. God Bless all of you.

  • My heart breaks for the entire family and many friends, he was an amazing boy to be around and watch grow up. My thoughts,prayers, and love to all.

  • There is little to be said to comfort the grief from the loss of a child or grandchild. Attempting to reconcile the loss of a young man with such great potential is impossible. May God strengthen and give courage and support to your grief and always remember you are in our prayers.
    Edward & Cheryl Baltrip
    Zachary, Erin & Liliana Baltrip
    Troy, Ohio

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to Tommy’s entire family. Please know that we are sending our deepest sympathy to all who have lost this young man. We are sending healing hugs to his brother. May you be given the strength to get through this tragedy and heal. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Tom and family members, so very, very sorry for your loss. We had a grandchild murdered at 16 years old. All so sad, but remember the good times you were able to spend with him. Many blessings and prayers.

  • Kellen was a very good man he could make a gathering just light up with energy and his presence was always looked forward to, personally he was a very good friend and he will forever be missed and remembered.

  • We are the classmates of
    Thomas Kellan’s Grandpa Tom…
    We are so very sorry for your lost, Tom.
    Please know that our hearts are with you.
    In His Love, Your 1964 Graduating Class