William Allen “Bill” Swartzmiller

December 23, 1942 ‒ April 17, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: As a coach and educator Bill Swartzmiller positively impacted more young people in a year than most do in a lifetime. Whether teaching in the classroom or teaching the game, Bill led by example and showed his students and players a model of ethics and integrity.

Remembered for his keen sense of humor, Bill passed away Monday afternoon April 17, 2017 in Grant Medical Center, Columbus, from injuries of an automobile accident. He was 74.

Born William Allen Swartzmiller December 23, 1942 in Republic to Claude and Mary Ann (Braden) Swartzmiller, Bill earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Heidelberg University and his Master’s Degree in Administration from Bowling Green State University.

It was at Heidelberg that he met Judith Ann Berkey, and the two were married August 6, 1966. That year, Bill launched a career in education and coaching that would span 33 years and impact countless young people: he taught math and coached basketball and football at Crestview two years before moving to Fredericktown to teach junior high math and coach varsity basketball from 1968 to 1970. He moved to Malabar in 1970 where he taught mathematics and coached basketball and baseball before accepting a position with Lexington Local Schools in 1978. At Lexington he served as athletic director and assistant principal, was promoted to high school principal, served as assistant superintendent, and then superintendent of the district before his retirement in 1998.

He then accepted the position of information technology director – impacting nearly twenty area school districts – for the North Central Ohio Computer Consortium, a position he served until retiring in April of 2015. Bill served on numerous sub-committees for the MCOECN over the years, providing leadership to the entire educational community of Ohio.

A supporting member of Mansfield First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Bill had served the congregation as deacon, and the longest tenured usher: quick to greet worshippers and sustain every ministry of the congregation.

Between sporting events, Bill always had a project underway in his woodshop. In addition to his “as needed” woodworking items (shelves, benches and toys), for 30 years he and Judy produced handmade Christmas gifts for friends, colleagues and family.

Bill leaves a legacy of a dedication to the learner, the game and the player, as well as a deep loyalty to his family.

That family includes his wife Judy; their sons Chad (Kim) Swartzmiller of Hilliard, Joe (Kristin) Swartzmiller and Scott (Sarah) Swartzmiller all of Lexington; grandchildren Jake, Emma, Kaitlyn, Cory, and Sofie Swartzmiller, and two on the way; brothers Newton (Betty) Swartzmiller, Robert (Judy) Swartzmiller, sisters Phyllis Neill and Sharon Leach; sisters-in-law Sandy Swartzmiller and Sue Swartzmiller, brothers-in-law Gene Nagel, Chet (Kathy) Berkey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Keith, Larry, Richard and James Swartzmiller, and sisters Lois (John) Ziegler, and Connie Nagel; and brother-in-law Elmer Neill.

The Swartzmiller family will receive friends Friday, April 28, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Saturday April, 29 at 11 a.m. in Mansfield First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 399 South Trimble Road, Mansfield with Celebrant Dave Roberts officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory to Duke University Medical Center NTD Research Fund or Heidelberg University may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Bill’s family. Send them a message of support – or see Bill’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • To Judy and family – I have been privileged to work with Bill almost my whole career and most recently as his employee. He was a hard worker but most importantly – very devoted to his family! I will miss his visits to our office and will cherish the handmade items that you both created for us during the Christmas season! May the Lord bless and comfort you during this difficult time!

  • Mr. Swartzmiller was my high school algebra teacher, then he was my cooperating teacher as I earned my B.S. from Ashland, finally, he was a pillar of the 4-H program as my children went through their 4-H years. I can still see my son, David, sitting in a chair in the steer barn as Mr. Swartzmiller judged his first 4-H project. May all his family and friends have wonderful memories to help them deal with their loss. God bless!

  • Well done Bill Swartzmiller!
    We will all miss you. Thanks for the important roles you have played in our sons lives along with thousands of sons and daughters across the country.
    Judy, in your pain and grief, I pray that you and the boys and their families can find peace in the memories and the fact that you will all be together again. Until then we will surely miss Bills great smile and honest friendship.

  • Judy and family,
    Please know you are all in my prayers and thoughts, Bill was a wonderful person. He will be missed by all.

  • So hard to think Bill has passed..met Bill in 1965 when started his teaching/coaching career with Bob..followed Bob as his sidekick from Crestview, Malabar and Lexington till Bob’s retirement, .have wonderful memories, celebrated many activities together, both in profession and personal settings..prayers to Judy, the boys and their families..Dixie & Bob

    • So hard to believe that Bill has passed. Remember all the great memories I have as a child from visits to the dairy farm in PA, all the basketball games coaching with my dad to babysitting Chad, Joe and Scott. Sending thoughts and prayers to each of you!

  • So sorry to hear of Mr. Swartzmillers passing. My deepest condolences to the entire family. Gold bless you and hold you during this difficult time. God speed, sir.

  • I was blessed to have worked with Bill at NCOCC. Bill was the type of boss that cared about his employees to the point where he and Judy opened up their home often for staff get-togethers. He also gave us wonderful handmade gifts for Christmas every year, even though some of those gifts caused some injuries for him. My home will always be decorated with the many snowman gifts from Bill and will give me fond memories of him. I will miss his jokes, stories about his family who were so important to him, but most of all I will miss his support. Bill was the person that I knew always had my back no matter what the situation was. He took the time to listen and was the type of person who would make you feel as though you could accomplish. No matter what was happening he listened, he gave advice but above all else; he cared deeply for others. Bill will be greatly missed and our prayers are with Judy and the family.

  • Dear Judy and family. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him. I remember the party you held for the staff. I have the Christmas gift the two of you made. He will be missed. God bless you and your family. Fondly. Shirley Cashell

  • Dear Swartzmiller Family:

    I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. I only knew Bill for a short time, but truly enjoyed our professional relationship. He was a wonderful man who will be sadly missed by many people. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time! God Bless!

    Tammi Cowell, Treasurer
    Northmor Local School District

  • Working at NCOCC has been one of the greatest satisfactions in my life. Bill hired me at NCOCC, and I have never wanted to go anywhere else. It was a hardship to NCOCC and the staff when Bill finally decided to retire, but he made sure he left us in capable hands. The well-being of NCOCC and the staff was something that he took seriously and was concerned about before he left. Bill and I did not always see eye to eye, but he was the kind of man that you knew had your back and he made you want to make him proud. He was a great boss, a great leader and felt more like a “dad” than an employer. We are all like family at NCOCC, and Bill’s passing has been a tremendous loss. He loved to tell stories, and often told hilarious stories of his coaching, teaching and superintendent days. The best stories of all, though were the stories about his grandchildren. He loved to talk about them and all of the things they were doing, and we never got tired of hearing them. Bill will be greatly missed. Judy, and the whole Swartzmiller clan, we want you to know that our hearts are breaking with you, and you are all in out thoughts and prayers.

  • A great person and a great friend. To Judy , the boys and their families – May God be with you and bless you during this difficult time. Butch McCormick

  • Grew up living across from Bill and Judy with Chad Joe and Scott…Bill was like a father figure to us all because we were always hanging out together…Great man,Kind man,Loving Man..He will be dearly missed and Never forgotten. ..Always felt like family….Our Deepest Condolences to the Entire Family….The Kasper Family

  • To Judy and your family our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you and be with you and your family at this time. Love and God bless you – Rena and Deb Roof

  • Can hardly believe Bill has passed. He was a great boss as well as a friend. Will always remember the good times we had Christmas caroling with a party afterwards at Swartzmillers or Lore Whitneys. I believe the staff at Lexington High School really enjoyed their jobs (I know I did) and Bill was one of the reasons why. To the Swartzmiller family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ginger and Bill Mosey

  • Dear Swartzmiller Family,
    It was with deep regret and shock that I learned of the accident and Bill’s passing. My deepest sympathy to the Swartzmiller family.
    Tom Foster

  • Bill had a very profound positive influence on our boys as the grew up. His legacy lives on in our family. We, MaryAlice And I, always enjoyed being in Bill’s company.
    We and the boys are saddened by his death. May God bless yu. George & MaryAlice Loesch

  • Dear Judy,
    Thank you for letting me know of Bill’s passing. I have wonderful memories of you and Bill from our Heidelberg days. He was a good man—a caring Christian man of integrity. You two were perfect together, and I know you will see each other again. I also know how hard it is to lose the love of your life. You are so right to recognize how blessed you are to have your loved ones help you adjust to your loss. Please know that you and family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Donna Pecsenye

  • To Judy, and Family,

    My heart-felt sympathy to you all. May God “carry” you through this very difficult time.
    We will never forget Bill, and the wonderful times we all had together at Malabar. A great man, and a great friend. Love and Prayers………Barb Petit

  • Judy and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your memories will help you all through these difficult times.
    Lois Lasker

  • Judy, I was so sorry to hear about Bill! May God grant you comfort in this most difficult time and may all your memories give you peace in the coming days! Sincere sympathy!
    Bonnie Palmer

  • My sincere condolences to the Swartzmiller family. I was blessed to be a teacher and coach when Bill was superintendent at Lex. May the Lord surround your wonderful family with His comfort and peace.

  • To all the Swartzmiller family:
    My sincere condolences to you! When I coached at Lexington I always felt supported by Bill because that was just the kind of man he was! I enjoyed seeing him at Geyer’s on Sunday mornings and he always made me feel like he was truly glad to see me and catch me up on the boys and their families. Lexington Schools and athletics owe him much!

  • Dear Judy,
    I was so very sorry to hear this news. Bill was such a wonderful man, & I have many fond memories of you two at the Berg. Nobody could tell a funny story like he could, his laugh was infectious. I wish I could take away that empty feeling of losing someone so close & loved. God Bless you & your family. Love, Bonnie ‘Crichley’ Gillham

  • Bill was a colleague as a superintendent in the same BASA region, he was a leader at the ITC within the Management Council, he was my board chair with the MCOECN, but more importantly he was a trusted friend and advisor. He could take complicated issues and boil them down to what was really important. His humor always helped to kept things in perspective. He touched the lives of students, friends, staff and family. He grounded us in the really vital aspects of life. My thought and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

  • Dear Judy,
    We are so sorry for your loss. What a tragedy! He was a kind and caring boss and friend to both of us. We always enjoyed our conversations when seeing him at games and Lexington activities over the years. It was always fun reminiscing about our families. Great memories and God’s love will sustain you and your family. We hope you find comfort in knowing we care. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our Blessings are with all of you.

  • Dear Judy,
    So sorry to here about Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Jeff, Janine Jordyn, and Jayme Sanner

  • To the family of William Allen Swartzmiller. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. John 5:29.

  • Dear Aunt Judy, Chad, Joe, Scott, and family,
    It was with great sorrow that I heard about Uncle Bill’s passing. I have so many great memories of him from our childhood. He had a way of lighting up a room, and I know that he will be really missed by all that knew him.
    Ben Berkey

  • My prayers will be with you all during this time of sadness. I have wonderful memories of Bill from both church and school.

  • Judy, such a touching tribute yesterday.
    During the spring of my sophomore year in high school, I was listening to WMAN and Ron Allen while getting ready for school. I heard the announcer say that Bill Swartzmiller had resigned as Malabar’s basketball coach. I came downstairs and told
    Mom I knew who the next athletic director was going to be at Lexington. Mom asked how did I know that and I said Bill Swartzmiller will be following Mr. Earnest!! And so the friendship began between the Swartzmillers and the Whitneys! We will cherish many many wonderful memories.

  • To the Swartzmiller Family,

    My deepest condolences to you and yours. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    I was one of the basketball players at Malabar High School when Coach Swartzmiller was there (1972). I was sad to hear of his passing through my parents and wanted to say home much he meant to me as a coach.

    May God be with you and know that ‘coach’ is looking down and keeping tabs on us from heaven.

    God Bless,
    Rodney Loesch