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Charles E. Swiger, 82, of Fairmont, died Saturday (March 4, 2017) at his residence.
He was born Sept. 19, 1934, in Fairmont, a son of the late John Wilson Swiger and Rosalene Marie Gaskins Swiger. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Ann Smith Swiger of Fairmont.
He is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Bradley C. and Lynette D. Swiger of Bunner Ridge Community and Scott and Denise Swiger of Fairmont; four grandchildren, Abigail Mayer and her husband, David "Mookie" Mayer of Clarksburg, Emily Hawkins and her husband Jacob Hawkins of Colfax, Zachary Swiger and his companion Samantha Feltz of Colfax and Isaac Swiger of Fairmont; three great-grandchildren, Amelia Gail Mayer, Emma Rae Mayer and Haven Ann Hawkins. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, John "Jack" and Mary Lea Swiger.
Mr. Swiger was retired in 1997 from the Garvin's and United Dairy Products of Fairmont with 41 years of service. He served in the United States Army. Charles was a member of the Gateway United Methodist Church where he was active with the United Methodist Men. He was a 1953 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School. Charles was a 50 year member of Fairmont No. 9 A.F.& A.M. Masonic Lodge, a member of the Upper Mon Valley Shrine Club, Osiris Shrine Center and a member of the B.P.O.E. No. 294 Fairmont Elks Club.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Swiger to the Gateway United Methodist Church, 301 Diamond Street, Fairmont, WV 26554 or to the Osiris Shrine Center, Erie Shrine Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 2048, Wheeling, WV 26003.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia Street, Fairmont, WV 26554. The casket will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday in the Gateway United Methodist Church, 301 Diamond Street, Fairmont, WV 26554. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with Reverend Tim Edin officiating. The committal will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery & Mausoleum. Masonic ritualistic services will be held at the cemetery by Fairmont No. 9 A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fordfuneralhomes.com.
Published on March 6, 2017
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