AMerican Veteran 10

Kenneth J. Swisher, Sr.

December 20, 1933 ~ November 20, 2019 (age 85)


Kenneth J. Swisher, Sr., 85 of Fayetteville, PA, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at the Chambersburg Hospital.  Born December 20, 1933 in Lebanon, PA, he was a son of the late David B. Swisher and Anna Patches Swisher.


          A US Navy Veteran, Ken served honorably during the Korean War.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Lebanon Valley College and his master’s degree in Forestry from Duke University in 1960.  He was a Professor of Forestry at Penn State Mont Alto for 35 years until his retirement.  He was an active member of the Chambersburg Bible Church where he served as a Deacon and on the Church Board.  He was a member of the Society of American Foresters, the Waynesboro Fish and Game Club, the National Association of Destroyer Veterans “Tin Can Sailors”, and a former board member of the Child Evangelism Fellowship.  Ken enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid outdoorsman.


          He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carole Denton Swisher, whom he married on December 20, 1959; two children, Danelle Swisher Sheppard and husband Wayne of Chambersburg, PA, and David Swisher and wife Julia of Pottstown, PA; four grandchildren, Lauren Sheppard Davis, Benjamin Cole Sheppard, Katherine Sheppard Hang, and Turner Robb Swisher; four great grandchildren, Drew Benjamin Davis, Cole Hensley Sheppard, Grayson Cub Sheppard and Ruby Lynn Sheppard; and three brothers, David B. Swisher, Jr., Raymond Swisher and Russell Swisher.  In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his son, Kenneth J. Swisher, Jr.; and two brothers, Ronald and Edward Swisher.


          Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, November 25, 2019 at the Chambersburg Bible Church, 810 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201.  Pastor Gary Yoder will officiate.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 till 2:00 pm Monday at the Church prior to the service.


          Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Denton Cemetery in Robbinsville, NC.


          Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home of Chambersburg, PA and Townson-Smith Funeral Home of Robbinsville, NC.  Condolences and memories may be shared on his book of memories page at and

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Graveside Service
November 30, 2019

11:00 AM
Denton Cemetery, NC, Robbinsville

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