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Garrett Swartz

Garrett Allen Swartz

MANSFIELD: Garrett Swartz was a man of priorities. For 20 years he kept a 32-foot Grand Banks at the Cedar Point Marina, and carried a photo of that beautiful boat in his wallet. He never carried a picture of his wife or kids - he had priorities.

Garrett loved to boat and fish and bowl and golf, he really enjoyed a very active lifestyle. But following a couple of years of declining health, he passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013 in Lexington Court Care Center. He was 80.

Born December 31, 1932 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Melvin L. and Bernadine A. (Griffen) Swartz, he was graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1951. He spent 12 years with the U.S. Naval Air Reserves.

On September 26, 1959 he married Betty Smolnik, and they moved to Mansfield where Garrett had accepted a position with the steel mill. He served the mill over 30 years and retired from AK Steel in January of 1991 as Assistant Chief Engineer.

In the summer Garrett was boating and golfing. In the winter he was bowling and woodworking. Back in the day, Garrett was the Detroit City Singles Bowling Champion, and later he coached junior bowling and served 27 years as the secretary of the Mansfield Bowling Association. Garrett had two perfect 300 games and was past president of the Ohio Bowling Association. He served eight years as the executive director of the Ohio Bowling Association and was inducted into both the Mansfield Bowling Hall of Fame and the Ohio State Bowling Hall of Fame.

He was a member of Mansfield Liederkranz, and as a member of the former Mansfield Jaycees, was an active supporter of the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant. He also served as the secretary of Mansfield's "A" Golf League.

He is survived by his wife Betty Swartz, whom he married September 26, 1959; their children Lisa (Bob) Miller of Mansfield, Paul (Suzette) Swartz of Lake Orion, MI, and Gary A. Swartz, Jr. of Mansfield; grandchildren Cody Swartz of Lexington, Kacy Miller of Mansfield and Kaitlyn Swartz of Mansfield; step grandchildren Heather (Brian) Gale of Lexington, Jason (Holly) Stoots of Mansfield and Brian Stoots of Mansfield; numerous great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Geraldine Dorais of South Lyon, MI and Mary Kay Innes of Tucson, AZ; a sister Melva (Bob) Taylor in Michigan and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Swartz family will receive friends Friday, May 10, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Private family services will be held later. Contributions to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Swartz family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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Published in the News Journal on May 7, 2013
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