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Obituary: Jack Swingly, Franklin

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Jack D. Swingly, 92, of the Franklin United Methodist Community in Franklin, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

He was born May 6, 1922, in Columbus, Ohio, to Robert and Julia (Donovan) Swingly. He married Janet L. (Metzler) Swingly on Dec. 22, 1945, in Circleville, Ohio. She preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 2008. He graduated from Columbus East High School and was a U.S. World War II Army Veteran.

Jack began his career in the trucking industry in Columbus, Ohio, moving from clerk to dispatcher to sales. In 1957, he relocated his family to Canton, Ohio, to work as sales representative for Eastern Motor Dispatch. Then, he worked many years for Saunders Cartage which was acquired by Dayton Freight a few years before he retired. The Swinglys lived in the Canton/North Canton area for more than 35 years. Upon retirement, Jack remained active by working part time as a driver for various car dealers and eventually as a parking lot golf cart driver at Johnson Memorial Hospital.

Jack and Janet were active members of Zion United Methodist Church in Canton, Ohio. Jack’s favorite pastime was watching football. He also enjoyed playing cards, driving, traveling, bowling and spending time with family and friends. After retiring, he and Janet moved to Franklin to be closer to their daughter and her family.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Swingly of Franklin, and Robyn (John) Eley of Louisville, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Julianna, Evan and Christopher Eley of Franklin, Stephanie Cindea of Dublin, Ohio, and Stacie Cindea of North Royalton, Ohio; and a great-grandson, Brayden Greiss of Dublin, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Patsy Maughan; wife, Janet; and son, Randy.

The Revs. John Eley and David Lee will conduct a service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Wright Chapel of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin, with military honors to follow. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin and Wednesday from noon until service time at Wright Chapel.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 317-738-0202.

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