Ralph Swartz

March 15, 1926 - February 9, 2020
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Ralph M. Swartz, 93, of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully at Park Village Southside on February 9, 2020, with his loving family by his side.

Born in Cleveland on March 15, 1926, he was the son of the late Michael James and Marie M. (Patlevitz) Swartz. Ralph’s family moved from Cleveland to Parma where he …

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Ralph M. Swartz, 93, of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully at Park Village Southside on February 9, 2020, with his loving family by his side.

Born in Cleveland on March 15, 1926, he was the son of the late Michael James and Marie M. (Patlevitz) Swartz. Ralph’s family moved from Cleveland to Parma where he spent his childhood. After graduating from Parma Schaaf High School in 1944, he enlisted in the USAAF where he served his country during World War II.

Following wartime, Ralph enrolled at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and graduated with the class of 1951 earning a degree in Civil Engineering. He always favored the OU Bobcats and belonged to Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He became a registered professional engineer (1956) and a registered surveyor (1971) with the State of Ohio. Ralph was employed at the Division 11 office of the Ohio Department of Transportation and retired as a location engineer after 37 years of service.

He made many friends over the years participating on highway projects, bowling leagues and golf. He was a Junior Achievement advisor and became the first president of the then newly formed Tuscarawas Valley Society of Professional Engineers. He was a lifelong member of the New Philadelphia Elks Lodge 510.

Ralph married the love of his life, the former Shirley Ann Maurer on November 14, 1954 at the First United Church of Christ in New Philadelphia. They remained lifelong members of UCC. There Ralph taught Sunday school, served as a deacon, and was a youth group advisor. He enjoyed chaperoning the young adult group to the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

In his retirement Ralph enjoyed volunteering as a friend of the Tuscarawas County Library and Tuscarawas Community Hospice. Ralph and Shirley traveled with friends to the Caribbean, Alaska and the Panama Canal. They enjoyed traveling throughout the west and exploring the Grand Canyon. Their favorite place to go was Destin, Florida where they spent the winter months hosting friends and family. Ralph enjoyed golf, reading on the beach and each marvelous sunset.

Ralph will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years, Shirley; his daughter, Theresa “Terri” Duesing, son-in-law Robert (Bob) of Kent, Ohio; and his beloved granddaughter Elisa Ann Duesing of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is survived by his brother, David Swartz, of Cincinnati and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, his sisters, Betty Swartz and Gertrude Cassidy, preceded Ralph in death.

A memorial service will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory in New Philadelphia on Thursday, February 13, 2020 beginning at 1:30 PM. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 PM prior to the service. Private inurnment will be held after the service.

Memorial contributions in Ralph’s memory may be directed to Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation or The First United Church of Christ, 201 Fair Ave New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Time: 12:30 pm

End Time: 1:30 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020

Time: 1:30 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Private inurnment will be held after the service.


Donation Information

Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation

10810 E. 45th Street, Suite 300
Tulsa, OK 74146

First United Church of Christ

PO Box 422
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Born: March 15, 1926
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

SUSAN (HOMAN) AND KATHY (BELL) BALL posted on 2/11/20

OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. REMEMBERING MANY WONDERFUL TIMES THE FAMILIES SPENT TOGETHER.

 

Fred and Dawn Kinsey posted on 2/11/20

Sympathy on the loss of your special loved one.

 

Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum posted on 2/11/20

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Ralph M. Swartz, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Air Force Veteran, Ralph M. Swartz, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

Debbie Hephinger Fox posted on 2/10/20

I am so sorry for your loss mom and dad spent many weeks having a great time vacationing with them now they can party in heaven with Ralph

 

Jill McCartney posted on 2/10/20

Aunt Shirley,Terri, Bob and Elsia, my heart breaks hearing this news. Growing up with you as part of our extended family was wonderful. I am so sorry I won’t be able to be there on Thursday. Please know that my thoughts, prayers and love will be with you. I love you. Jill

 

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