Paul O. Swartz
Paul O. Swartz
FORT JENNINGS, Ohio — Paul O. Swartz, 103, of Fort Jennings, died at 1:50 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at his daughter’s residence. He was born May 26, 1915, in Jackson Township, Van Wert County, to the late Orn B. and Ruby (Brown) Swartz. On Feb. 10, 1937, he married Francis O. Price and she preceded him in death on April 14, 1993.

Paul was a lifetime farmer. He was a member, elder, trustee, song leader, sang in the Ambassador Quartet, and served as secretary and trustee of the Ohio State Council Board, all at Zion Christian Union Church of Grover Hill, Ohio. Paul served for eight years on the Middle Point Elevator Board of Directors and also served on the Hoaglin-Jackson School Board when it merged with Lincolnview Local Schools.

He is survived by two daughters, Wanda Sue (Jack) Krick of Winterhaven, Florida, and Brenda (Jimmy) Welch of Fort Jennings; grandchildren, Kent (Lori) Klinger, Penny Baucom, Steven (Jayme) Krick, Debra Krick, Stacia Burlingame, Devin (Shay) Sheets, Jennifer (Jody) Oliver, Ernest (Molly) Welch, and Thomas Welch; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ione Owens and Leone Pollock, both of Van Wert; and two sons-in-law, Robert Klinger of Middle Point and David Sheets of Van Wert.

In addition to his parents, Orn and Ruby, and his wife, Francis, Paul was preceded in death by two daughters, June Klinger and Sharon Sheets; a brother, Ray Swartz; and sisters, Mary Wertz and Ruth Wilkin.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory with the Rev. Dan Newell and the Rev. Jody Harr officiating. Burial will follow at Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point. Visitation will from 2 - 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Zion Christian Union Church.

Arrangements are being handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be expressed at