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LORAIN - George E. Swegard, 88, of Lorain passed away December 7, 2011 at his home. He was born in Powhatan Point Ohio on December 3, 1923.
In memory of a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.
He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and gardening, and enjoyed woodworking. He served in the Civilian Conservation Core stationed in Montana from 1941-1942 before being drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly serving with the 82nd Airborne in the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment better known as the "Red Devils" in the European Theatre jumping into 3 major battles: Operation Avalanche, Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, serving from 1943-1947. He was awarded the Victory in Europe Medal and also earned both French and Belgium Fourragere. His division served as Honor Guard for General Eisenhower during the occupation of Germany that ended WWII. George was Maintenance Supervisor of the Lorain Water Treatment Plant retiring in 1988.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patsy J. Swegard; daughter, Ginger Conner, sister, Hazel Richardson; grandchildren, Tonya Richi, Bryan McCann, Teresa Criss, Pamela Rodriguez, Joseph DeJesus, Jillianne Fitzpatrick, John DeJesus, Trisha Reed, Michael DeJesus, and Jason Conner; 24 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eunice Swegard of Powhatan Point Ohio, sisters, Myrtle Isley and Ethel Ducci, and beloved daughter, Barbara Jo Swegard Glenn.
Friends may call Friday December 9, 2011 from 5-7 PM at Wyers Funeral Chapel 2900 North Ridge Road Sheffield Twp. Burial will take place at a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Published in The Morning Journal on Dec. 9, 2011
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