Charles Edward “Chick” Swingle, Jr., 69, of Litchfield, passed away after courageously battling COVID-19 on Thursday, November 12, 2020 surrounded by his loving sisters. Chick was born June 23, 1951 at Medina Community Hospital to the late Charles E. and Margaret H. (nee Weigel) Swingle.
Chick attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Medina for eight years and was a 1969 graduate of Buckeye High School. He was a life-long and faithful member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Valley City. He spent his entire life on the family farm in Litchfield where he helped his dad run the dairy until 2011. He also raised calves and heifers and was still crop farming up to his death. Chick enjoyed farm auctions, flea markets, and power shows. From the time he was young, one of his favorite hobbies was collecting arrowheads in the fields that he and his dad farmed. He loved the farm and took great pride in sharing it with extended family and friends. Chick, alongside his dad, fulfilled their dream by preserving the family’s farmland working with Western Reserve Land Conservancy and the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Easement Purchase Program, preserving their farmland in perpetuity and protecting it from future development. One final tract of productive farmland owned by Chick is in the process of being preserved, and his sisters are determined to finish what Chick began nearly one year ago.
Chick enjoyed family gatherings-holiday celebrations, summer picnics, birthdays, and most of all, impromptu visits with cousins, nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his sisters, Penny Fabich (Ron), Patty Reisner (Glen), Cindy Culp (Mike), Nancy Miller (Rick) and Jacky Maxworthy (Kevin); nieces and nephews, Nate, Emmy (Katie), and Abby Fabich; Sarah Mueller (Grant), Heather Doyle (John), Chris (Stephanie) and Cory (Chelcee) Reisner; Crystal Jones (Dave), Jennie and Adam Culp; Holly Sims (Dallas) and Kyle Miller; Tim (Sarah), Nick (Royale), and Zach Maxworthy; 15 great-nieces and nephews.
Chick was preceded in death by his parents.
Special thanks to Marymount Hospital ICU staff for their compassionate and loving care during this difficult time and the Bauer Family for their care and support.
At Chick’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time.
In memory of Chick, the family requests donations may be made to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church Building Fund, 1800 Station Road, Valley City, OH 44280 or to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, 3850 Chagrin River Road, Moreland Hills, OH 44022.
The Bauer Funeral Home, Valley City has the honor of serving the Swingle Family.
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