Tribute: Forest Gene Swisher

Forest Gene Swisher died Thursday, September 29, 2016

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CANFIELD, Ohio – Forest Gene Swisher, 90, died Thursday afternoon, September 29, 2016, at Camelot Arms in Youngstown.

He resided in Canfield from 1964 to the present.

Forest was born January 14, 1926 in West Union, West Virginia, a son of Ezra Guy Swisher and Esther Gay Gumm.

He attended Salem College and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Studies and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Following college, he played pro ball for the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts.

Forest was a Navy Veteran and serviced in World War II in the Pacific from 1943-1946. He was a member of The Elks #55, American Legion #732, VFW #3307 and was a member of the Eastern Ohio Conservation Club for over thirty years serving on the Board of Directors. He was named “Sportsman of the Year” many times. He was also a Thirty-second Degree of the Scottish Rite Free Masonry, Lodge #21.

He worked at Republic Steel as a General Foreman of Operations-Metallurgist from 1950-1982.

Forrest was preceded in death by his wife, Rita Davis Swisher of Youngstown; one stepson, Lynn Smith; his brother Bernard Swisher and sisters, Regina (Genie) DuFrene of Lompoc, California, Lucille Swisherand Wilmadine Bonnel of West Union, West Virginia and Freda Stitt of Columbus, Ohio and “Bucky” Swisher of West Union, West Virginia.

He also is survived by one brother Ezra (Beverly) Swisher of Williamstown, West Virginia; sisters Sally Jacobs of Smithburg, West Virginia and Sue Jett of Marietta, Ohio and many much loved nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Sunday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad Street.

Forest will be interred at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

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