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Harold L. Swisher

Feb 3, 2015

Harold L. Swisher, 95, of Hughesville, entered into Heaven’s Gates on Jan. 24, 2015, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Ann Marie Swisher.

Born Nov. 12, 1919, in Muncy Valley, he was a son of the late Jason E. and Bessie A. Vognetz Swisher.

Harold graduated from Davidson Township High School, Sonestown, Class of 1939. Following his graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army on Jan. 22, 1942, and served in the 555 Signal Corps in the European Theatre, before being honorably discharged on Oct. 17, 1945.

After returning home, he married his late wife of 56 years, the former Louise Botsford, on Oct. 30, 1945.

Harold attended Tri City Barber School, Philadelphia in 1946, and worked as a professional barber in Sonestown for 30 years, retiring in 1979. He also retired from the former Sprout Waldron, Muncy, in 1984. He was an active member of the Hughesville Friends Church, where he served as a past council member. Harold was also a Life Member of Nelson Armes, American Legion, Post 601, Sonestown, serving as past commander and past adjutant.

Surviving are four daughters, Virginia Hebda, of Livonia, N.Y., Sandra (Schuyler) Bill, of Waverly, N.Y., Jane (Robert) Kschinka, of Pine Hurst, N.C., and Donna (Dennis) Gavitt, of Hughesville; two sons, Steven H. (Elizabeth) Swisher and Jason E. (Ann Marie) Swisher, both of Hughesville; two brothers, Calvin Swisher, of Addison, N.Y. and Melvin Swisher, of Unityville; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Harold was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Kim Swisher; two brothers, Maurice Swisher and Henry Swisher; and four sisters, Edna Arthur, Martha Karschner, Lillian Swisher and Mary Marquardt.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Hughesville Friends Church, 137 S. Third St., Hughesville, with Pastor Dan Cale officiating. Burial followed in Twin Hills Memorial Park, Muncy, with graveside military honors accorded by combined veterans organizations. Friends called from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

The family provided the flowers and suggest memorial contributions be made to the Ecroyd Missionary Circle, c/o Hughesville Friends Church, 137 S. Third St., Hughesville, PA 17737.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.mccartythomas.com.