William Leon Swager

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Swager William Leon Swager, passed away February 23, 2013. Bill was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife for 63 years, Elinor Agnew Swager. He is survived by his daughters and their husbands and families, Linda (Jerry) Karlovec, Columbus; Susan (William) Johnston, Dover, Delaware; Mary Lou (David) Sinzinger, Mt. Vernon, Ohio; grandchildren, Michael (Debbie) Karlovec, Hobbs, New Mexico; Patrick Ohlweiler, Columbus; Joseph Karlovec, Centerville, Ohio; Ellen (Jeremy) Swartzfager, Gibbon Glade, Pa.; William Johnston Jr., Atlanta, Georgia; Kelsey Sinzinger, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Caroline Sinzinger, Columbus, IN; Caleb Sinzinger, Mt Vernon, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Elsie Marie, Isaac Nevin, and Hannah Elinor Swartzfager, Gibbon Glade, Pa. Bill was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1921 to Leon Charles and Esther Hofer Swager and attended North High School. He credits his successful professional career to what he learned a member of his high school and college debate teams. He graduated from Purdue University in 1943 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He worked for General Chemical in Manhattan before coming to Columbus to join Battelle Memorial Institute in 1948. During his 36 year career at Battelle, Bill was a pioneer in the field of Technological Forecasting that provided a system for businesses and corporations to analyze and plan for future technological advances prior to the computer. His work took him to Brazil, Africa, Japan and Europe and left him with a life-long love of travel. He and Elinor were also avid campers and loved visiting the nation's National Parks. Bill served as a member of the Marble Cliff Village Council. He enjoyed gardening, golf, and carpentry. His greatest accomplishment was a grandfather clock using plans from the 1700s. He also enjoyed restoring the old home where he and Elinor resided for 50 years. The Swagers were life-long members of the Episcopal Church. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at National Church Residences Mill Run (formerly Traditions at Mill Run). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, Worthington, Ohio, or National Church Residences Mill Run Foundation. A celebration of his life will be held this spring. For information, go to www.schoedinger.com. His ashes will be interred next to Elinor's in the Memorial Garden of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Worthington.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 27, 2013
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