Robert E. Swick, 87, of Defiance, and formerly of Delphos, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 11:15 a.m. at Parkview North Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was born August 23, 1925, in Delphos, the son of Clarence and Leona (Molter) Swick, who are deceased. He was united in marriage to Rosemary Hemker on May 17, 1947. She survives in Defiance. He enjoyed boating, woodworking, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Defiance and a former member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, 4th Degree K of C, auxiliary police for the city of Delphos and member of the Disabled American Veterans of Defiance. He was co-owner of Swick and Sons, then he became owner of the Vanilla Hut in Defiance for 12 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II in the Pacific Theatre.
Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia "Cindy" (Don) Fischer of Maumee, Ohio, and Candyce "Candy" (Paul) Hawk of Defiance; a sister, Margaret Geise of Delphos; two brothers, William "Bill" (Marie) Swick of Delphos and Jim (Barbara) Swick of Lima; five grandchildren, Eric (Nikki) Fischer, Brad (Jennie) Fischer, Annette Urbanski, Heath (Kelli) Hawk and Major Jerrod (Jennifer) Hawk; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Tom Swick; and a sister, Helen Clark.
A Mass of Christian burial will be on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, January 4, 2013, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Delphos, with military graveside rites by the Delphos Veterans Council and a 4th Degree K of C service. There will be a parish wake to begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Preferred memorials are to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.