Melville "Ray" Swiger, age 78, of Conover, OH passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 at 12:30 pm In Hospice of Miami County Inpatient Unit In Troy. Born on August 29, 1940 In Buckhannon, WV, Ray was a son of the late Charles and Eunice (Hinkle) Swiger. He married Medra Rickard on June 13, 1959 and she preceded him In death In 1996. Together they raised four children, three of whom survive: James (Tammy) Swiger of Piqua, Charles (Sina) Swiger of Yuma, AZ, and Dedra Swiger of Conover. He was a loving grandfather to six grandchildren: Danielle and Derek Swiger, Dessa (Martin) Velazquez, Cheyenne Houchin, Mathew and Jarret Swiger; and four great grandchildren: Martin Velazquez, Jr., Viktor Velazquez, Emma Velazquez and Caylee Swiger. In addition to his parents he was preceded In death by a son, Melville Ray Swiger, Jr., a granddaughter, Brittney Swiger, one sister and one brother. He was a 1959 graduate of Brown Twp High School and for 35 years he owned and operated Ray's Equipment and Repair. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and drinking coffee with his friends from the Top Hat, St. Paris, Oh and Waffle House, Piqua, OH. Graveside funeral services will be held on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm In Fletcher Cemetery, Fletcher, OH with Dan Cecil officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations In memory of Ray be sent to Ohio's Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, Ohio 45373 or to JSP Fire and EMS, P.O. Box 648, Saint Paris, Ohio 43072. Suber-Shively Funeral Home, Fletcher, OH Is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com.
Ohio's Hospice of Miami County
P.O. Box 502, Troy OH 45373
JSP & EMS District
P.O. Box 648, St. Paris OH 43072