Cecil Jay Swartzentruber, age 58 of Richwood, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 9, 2013 from injuries sustained while cutting wood. He was born April 6, 1955 in Mt. Gilead to Melvin and Wilma (Swartz) Swartzentruber. They both survive in Fredericktown.
On May 6, 1978 he married the former Mary Jane Jutzi in Johnsville, and she survives.
He was a 1973 graduate of Northmor High School. A talented craftsman, he worked as a self-employed general contractor. A man of strong faith, Cecil was an active and devoted member of the Grace Brethren Church in Marysville. Family was the center of Cecil's life and he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He loved the outdoors and had an adventurous spirit, playing hard and working hard, whether it was cutting wood, or snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and hiking in Cheboygan, Michigan where he had a home.
Cecil was a people-person with a gentle spirit, and loved helping people, whether he was helping out friends and family or doing missionary work in Haiti.
Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Cindy (Frank) Weldele, Devon Pennsylvania; two sons, Nick (Whitney) Swartzentruber, Marysville; Kyle (Tiffany Rhodes) Swartzentruber, Richwood; two grandchildren, Tripp and Ethan Swartzentruber; two brothers, Tim (Rhoda) Swartzentruber, Fredericktown; Wendell (Melody) Swartzentruber, Ashland; three sisters, Nadene (David) Brunk, Richmond, Virginia; Rosetta (Lambert) Sommers, Fredericktown; Shannon (Keith) Scheffel, Rosedale, as well as a large extended family and many close friends.
Funeral services will be Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Grace Brethen Church in Marysville 17240 Amrine Wood Rd. Marysville, Ohio 43040 with Pastor Clancy Cruise officiating. Burial will follow in Price Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 3 to 7 PM at the church. Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be made to Midwives for Haiti (www.midwivesforhaiti.org
), 7130 Glen Forest Drive, Suite 101, Richmond, Virginia 23226 or Servants in Fellowship (www.sifministries.org
), P. O. Box 227, Fredericktown, OH 43019.
Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com