David Lloyd Swoyer, Maplewood, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in the Abington Manor.
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David was born to the late Clayton and Mildred Hallock Swoyer. He lived out his long life in "his house," the family homestead in Maplewood, Pa. As a boy, he worked in the coal mines with his brothers. After serving in the Korean War, he came home to marry Florence Speshock, until her death on Jan. 23, 2011. David and Florence took over the Swoyer family's boat livery business on Lake Henry, and together created a legacy, which is now known as Clayton Park Recreational Area. After 35 years of service, David retired from his job as a materials technician II at the Pa. Department of Transportation.
David held a deep sense of family tradition and never minded a day's work. He had a strong appreciation for the outdoors, enjoyed time with his family and friends, country music, and the piano music of his beloved wife. He was also known to enjoy John Wayne movies, fly fishing and never passed up a good provolone and salami sandwich. He believed in his community and fighting for what he believed in; respected by all who knew him. He attended St. Thomas More Parish in Lake Ariel.
He is survived by three children: his son, David W. and partner, Lorraine Zacker; a daughter, Sonya Zacker and husband, Maurice Gilmore; and his youngest son, Mark. Also surviving are a sister, Mary Ann Moore and husband, Allen, of Cortez; two granddaughters, Tracey O'Neill and Victoria Swoyer; two grandsons, Joseph and Jonathon Zacker; and a stepson, Danny Bradford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
David was preceded in death by his brothers, Harry, Clayton Jr., Lloyd and Emery; and his sister, Viola Krisiak.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in the St. Thomas More Church, 105 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, by Rev. Stephen Stavoy, pastor.
Friends may call Friday from 4-7 p.m. in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel. Interment, All Saints Cemetery.
For directions, to share a memory or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.jameswilsonfuneral
home.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton 18509, indicating the Florence Swoyer Music Scholarship Fund.
James H Wilson Funeral Home Inc
143 Gravity Road
Lake Ariel, PA 18436
Published in Scranton Times on July 17, 2014