Richard K. Swinehart, 72, of Upper Sandusky, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.
Richard was born on Nov. 28, 1946, in Bucyrus, to Kenneth and Helen (Cooper) Swinehart, both of whom are deceased. He married Carol Arend on June 6, 1969, at Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, and this year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary; she survives.
Richard is survived by six children, Christine (Randy) Beamer of Upper Sandusky; Rick Swinehart of Upper Arlington; David (Jenny) Swinehart of Marysville; Charles Swinehart of Upper Sandusky; Katherine (Darren) Rowland of Upper Sandusky; and Jennifer (Bob) Payne of Carey.
Richard is also survived by 16 grandchildren: Becky Beamer, Ashley Beamer, Sarah Harris, Arielle Swinehart, Alysia Swinehart, Kaylee Swinehart, Meghan Swinehart, Aly Swinehart, Ellie Swinehart, Jacob Swinehart, Emerson Swinehart, Haley Rowland, Blake Rowland, Carson Rowland, Audrina Dotson and Penelope Payne; and one great-grandchild, Kaia Johnson.
Richard is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Frye of Marion, and Joyce (Dan) Schryer of Upper Sandusky.
Richard was a 1964 graduate of Mohawk High School and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his time in the service, Richard worked at Eaton Corp.-Sypris in Marion, and retired in 2009 after 40 years.
He was a member of Transfiguration of the Lord Catholic Church in Upper Sandusky.
For hobbies, Richard enjoyed going fishing, bowling, spending time with his family at the casino and watching harness racing.
Richard especially liked attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He was always on call for his children and grandchildren. He was always there when his family needed him, he will be greatly missed.
Visitation will he held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Upper Sandusky. Following services, military graveside rites will be conducted by Upper Sandusky Veteran’s Color Guard.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or the Wyandot County Special Olympics and can be sent to Lucas-Batton Funeral Home, 476 S. Sandusky Avenue, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lucasbatton.com.