Kenneth Robert Swartz

Kenneth Robert Swartz, 54, Mill City, passed away peacefully on Thursday at the Regional Hospital of Scranton after a long illness with his wife, Cherl Puterbaugh Swartz, by his side. The couple had been married for 25 years.

Ken was a graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School, then attended Lackawanna Junior College and Penn State University in Dunmore, where he studied mechanical workshop. He later worked as a mechanic and held several other jobs including working with disabled people, where he excelled. His passion was working on cars and small engines. He was an avid gun collector and excellent marksman. He also loved music, playing guitar professionally while singing in many area bands. He loved 60's through 80's rock and roll music and motorcycles, often being seen riding his newest toy or with a pool cue in his hand. Ken loved and rescued any injured animal of any kind.

Most of all he enjoyed his family and friends and was happiest when he was surrounded by them. He will be remembered for years to come for his loyalty, generosity, sense of humor and helping anyone in need.

Ken was raised in Mill City by his parents, Ray and Virginia Swartz. Also surviving are three sons, Jeremy of Dunmore; Joshua and Cody, both at home; brother, Ron Swartz; sister, Laura Wilbur; in-laws, Ann and Charles Puterbaugh, Tina and her husband, Dave; Tammy Gruver, Lake Winola; Trina, Carbondale; and Debbie and her husband, Ed, Michigan; nieces, Jessie, Courtney and Haley; nephews Tim, Jamie, Justin and Orlando; two great-nieces, Bella and Kyra; and great-nephew, Nathan.

His brother-in-law, Ron Wilbur, preceded him in death last fall.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, with services by the Rev. James Rugg, pastor of the Mill City Assembly of God Church.

Friends may call on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., S. Abington Rd., PA 18411; Make-A-Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 6062 Albert Lea, MN 56007-6662.; or , 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor PA 18517.

For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lawrenceeyoung

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 31, 2013