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David Warren Swartley, 66, passed away Thursday, May 25, at Elkhart General Hospital with family by his side.
He was born in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, July 12, 1950, to G. Merrill and Miriam Kulp (Landis) Swartley, with Mennonite and Lutheran heritages.
David enjoyed and loved his children, grandchildren, extended family and his dogs, Gracie, Lucy, Molly and Abby "Pigger."
He also enjoyed gourmet cooking, entertaining friends, writing, listening to classical and all kinds of music.
David was named after his grandfather "Pop-Pop," Warren H. Swartley, with whom he was very close. Pop-Pop was the only person who ever called him "Davie Boy." Warren and G. Merrill taught him everything about music.
David was the founder of Jimmy's Place, a local Christian youth organization. He was author of two children's books and numerous newspaper and magazine articles.
At the age of 18, David embraced the Catholic faith and became an Anglican Catholic, the Episcopal Church in 1969. He was a member of the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint James in South Bend.
He taught fourth grade for eight years at Jefferson Elementary School; was a clinical teacher at Madison Center, South Bend, for two years; a former college adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech College, South Bend; formerly taught marketing and public relations seminars at the University of Notre Dame; was a former Shipshewana Town Manager (CFO) for a year; and owned David Swartley Agency, marketing, public relations and advertising agency. He retired from Swartley Construction and Home Services, a remodeling and painting business, in 2015. He recently worked for Beacon Health System and was a caregiver for the elderly and disabled.
David graduated from Goshen High School, Goshen College and earned a master's degree with honors from Indiana University South Bend. He attended the University of Notre Dame not-for-profit business school. He was a conscientious objector and served his country for two years in non-combatant 1-W service in Indianapolis and Franconia, Pennsylvania.
David served two terms as Goshen's Third District City Councilman. He was a former member of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include his sister, Barbara (Wilma Harder) Swartley, Goshen; brother, G. Alan (Bonnie) Swartley, Brownsbury; son, Christopher (Alex Ratkovich) Swartley, Goshen; daughter, Annie (Nate Smith) Swartley, Kalamazoo, Michigan; stepsons, Kevin Stark, Indianapolis and Scott (Amy) Stark, Gilbert, Arizona; three grandchildren, Samuel, Bella and Hannah Stark; aunt, Arlene Gross, Souderton, Pennsylvania; special friend, Sandra Haberstich, Goshen; and former wife, Jane Luke, Goshen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as grandparents, Warren H. and Florence Swartley and Allen and Mattie (Kulp) Landis.
Friends may call Tuesday, May 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.
Friends may also visit with the family Wednesday, May 31, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service at Faith Lutheran Church, 406 S. Fifth St., Goshen. Pastor John Hickey will officiate.
Cremation will take place at Yoder-Culp Crematory, Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be given to Episcopal Cathedral of St. James, South Bend, Faith Lutheran Church, Goshen, or Habitat for Humanity.
Online condolences may be shared at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 29, 2017
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