Michael D. Swope Sr., 67, Helvetia Road, Luthersburg, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Penn Highlands DuBois.
Born Sept. 27, 1946, in DuBois, he was the son of the late Douglas C. and May Hartzfeld Swope. On Sept. 29, 1973, he married Diana L. Verbka Swope. She survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army
having served during the Vietnam War
He was a heavy equipment operator his entire life. He currently was working for Rosebud Mining Company.
He was a member of St. Luke's United Church of Christ Church in Luthersburg. He enjoyed working outside and being a jokester.
Most of all, he loved being with his wife and best friend, Diana and their children and grandchildren.
Michael is survived by his son, Michael D. Swope Jr. and his wife, Wendy, of DuBois; a daughter, Rebecca S. Bentley and her husband, Kevin, of Chesapeake, Va.; and a stepdaughter, Melissa L. Miller of Reynoldsville; a sister, Nancy Graham and her husband, Guy, of Clearfield; and a brother, Delno Swope and his wife, Sandy, of Luthersburg; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Harley Schuckers; and a brother, Rodney Swope.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at the Goble-Baronick Funeral Home, DuBois.
A private funeral service will be held from the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Luke's United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Lukes' United Church of Christ Church, 4229 Golden Yoke Road, Luthersburg, PA 15848. Online condolences may be made at www.gbfuneralhome.com.