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Cecil Jay Swartzentruber
Cecil Jay SwartzentruberCabinCecil Jay Swartzentruber, age 58 of Richwood, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 9, 2013 from injuries sustained while cutting wood.  He was born April 6, 1955 in Mt. Gilead to Melvin and Wilma (Swartz) Swartzentruber.  They both survive in Fredericktown.

On May 6, 1978 he married the former Mary Jane Jutzi in Johnsville, and she survives.

He was a 1973 graduate of Northmor High School.  A talented craftsman, he worked as a self-employed general contractor.  A man of strong faith, Cecil was an active and devoted member of the Grace Brethren Church in Marysville.  Family was the center of Cecil’s life and he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.  He loved the outdoors and had an adventurous spirit, playing hard and working hard, whether it was cutting wood, or snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and hiking in Cheboygan, Michigan where he had a home.  

Cecil was a people-person with a gentle spirit, and loved helping people, whether he was helping out friends and family or doing missionary work in Haiti.

Besides his wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Cindy (Frank) Weldele, Devon Pennsylvania; two sons, Nick (Whitney) Swartzentruber, Marysville; Kyle (Tiffany Rhodes) Swartzentruber, Richwood; two grandchildren, Tripp and Ethan Swartzentruber; two brothers, Tim (Rhoda) Swartzentruber, Fredericktown; Wendell (Melody) Swartzentruber, Ashland; three sisters, Nadene (David) Brunk, Richmond, Virginia; Rosetta (Lambert) Sommers, Fredericktown; Shannon (Keith) Scheffel, Rosedale, as well as a large extended family and many close friends.

Funeral services will be Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Grace Brethen Church in Marysville 17240 Amrine Wood Rd. Marysville, Ohio 43040 with Pastor Clancy Cruise officiating.  Burial will follow in Price Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday from 3 to 7 PM at the Church.  Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be made to Midwives for Haiti (www.midwivesforhaiti.org), 7130 Glen Forest Drive, Suite 101, Richmond, Virginia  23226 or Servants in Fellowship (www.sifministries.org), P. O. Box 227, Fredericktown, OH  43019.

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#1 from: jo and jerry sloop
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Our prayers are sent to you and your family Cecil was a wonderful man may God be with you at this time.

#2 from: Jim and Judy Gray
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Prayers go out to all of Cecil's family and friends. He enriched his community and the world in so many ways.

#3 from: Jeff and Barb (Miller) Swartz
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

We are deeply saddened to hear of Cecil's untimely death. We cannot begin to tell you how sorry we are for your loss. He was a great man and will be forever missed by so many. He loved you all so much. We are praying for you. Jeff and Barb

#4 from: David C. Minniear
Powell, Ohio
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Mary Jane and family, we were grieved to hear of Cecil's home going. He truly was a man of character, a man of faith and a man of God. Our prayers are with you and we ask God to hold all of you in His arms as you go through this.
In Christ's love,
The Minniear family.

#5 from: Jake and Grace Jutzi
Waterloo, Ontario
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Dear Mary Jane and Family,
We are so very sorry and deeply saddened
to learn of Cecil's tragic accident.
Love, Jake and Grace

#6 from: Stephanie Kale
Belle Center,  Ohio
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 7:06 PM

My condolences by with you and your family.

#7 from: Angela (Davis) Phipps
Mt Victory
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 7:18 PM

So very sorry to hear te passing of Cecil and such a tragic accident..Cindy played on Paul's and I softball team quite a few years ago...May god give you all the strength during this most difficult time...God Bless

#8 from: Jeff and Pam Webb and family
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Dear Mary Jane and family,
We send to you all our deepest sympathy.
Cecil touched the lives of anyone he ever came in contact with.
My heart as so many was broken to hear of his passing.
We have been and will continue to pray for you all.
Death of a loved one is never easy, but tonight we can't help but  praise God that we know with all our hearts Cecil knew his Lord.
Those who really know Cecil know this.
May that peeace and love of Jesus cover you all.
I for one refuse to say goodbye to my friend.
I will simply be saying see ya later buddy.
God bless you all.
Jeff,Pam,Samantha,Stephanie,Gabbie and Garrett,

#9 from: Conrad and Emily Mayer
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.  I have many fond memories of Cecil while growing up.  May God surround you with his peace and strength during this difficult time.

#10 from: Jeff and Jean Graham
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

To the family of Cecil,
We mourn with you for the loss of Cecil. We are grateful to have worked alongside him in Haiti on several occasions. It is our prayer that our Lord will comfort all of you in awesome and unexpected ways in the days ahead.
Our deepest love,
Jeff and Jean Graham

#11 from: Jim and Patti Kreis
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

We are so sorry for your tragic loss! Please know that we are sending sympathy,hugs,and many prayers to you all!

#12 from: Mike and Janet Ropp
Dorchester, Ontario
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Mary Jane and family,  We are so sorry to learn of Cecils' untimely passing.  We are also so thankful for the fond memories of Cecil and the time we last spent together as you visited us in Ontario just a short time ago.  Never once would we think it may be the last chance to have that pleasure.  Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of your extended family here.

#13 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Mary Jane and family,  So sorry to hear about Cecil.  We are praying God will comfort you and your family during this time.\r
                                                Virg and Jani Rankin

#14 from: Irene (Hershberger) Kniss
Harrisonburg Virginia
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Mary Jane and Family and all of the Swartzentruber family - words are inadequate at a time like this - Cecil's life touched so many- I pray that his untimely death will continue that caring and loving spirit. Knowing that Faith is simply to trust the real, and to trust that God is found within it. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand.  

#15 from: Mike & Patty Baird
Marysville, OH
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Sweet Mary Jane & family,
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Cecil's death.  Cecil was an amazing man, and we've been honored to know him, and to call him friend and brother in Christ.  While we grieve alongside you, we rejoice in his heavenly homecoming and look forward to celebrating Christ with him in eternity.  Praying that you will feel our Lord's presence and comfort in amazing ways in the coming days.
With great love,
Mike & Patty Baird

#16 from: Terry and Susie Taylor and family
West Jefferson, OH
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Mary Jane and family,
Please know we (and many others) are lifting you all up to our Heavenly Father for peace and comfort as you go through these next few days. And for the future as well, as we know Cecil will be in your hearts forever. We pray for Cecil's dearest friends as well, that they can find peace. Blessings to you all,
Terry, Susie, Evan, Philip and Derek Taylor

#17 from: Tammy Marks
Marion, Ohio
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Mary Jane - you would have known me as Tammy Dillinger I think. We went to Christian Center together and I watched Kyle for you when he was a baby. We were good friends. I loved your family and was so sorry to see that Cecil had an accident. I saw it on Pat Wise FB. My phone no# is 740-725-4369 if you ever need anything. I live in Marion and am attending MTC. I am in my first year of the Physical Therapy program. Prayers and love sent your way. Tammy Marks

#18 from: Randi Campos
Richwood Ohio
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Mary Jane, Nick, Cyndi and Kyle

     I am so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Cecil. The community certainly lost a great man.   I have many memories as a child at your house and Cecil always had that big smile on his face.  My thought and prayers are with you at this difficult time.  May the Lord give you peace and comfort at this time.
Randi Jo

#19 from: Akers Family
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Mary Jane, Cindy, Nick and Kyle,
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time.
Wayne, Kandi, Justin and Kody Akers

#20 from: Della and Gary Ellis
Marion, Ohio
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:24 PM

WE still cannot believe this news is true because we don't want to believe it, I guess.  WE think of Cecil as a true follower of the Lord in every way, and his family and friends will miss him much; however, he has left the legacy of godliness, truth, and perseverance for his family.  We will meet him again in Glory, for sure!

#21 from: Barbara Weldele
Devon, Pa
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Words cannot even begin to express the sadness my family feels about Cecil’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

I will always remember when my son Frankie first described what a wonderful family Cindy (now his wife and Cecil’s daughter) has. Frankie said: “Mom, you will love them”. He was so right. I met Mary Jane and Cecil and just loved them. They are both truly a part of my family. Cecil will never be forgotten.

This is a “Quote” that means so much to me and I send it to you with all my love and support:

"I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death.  They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make.  Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.  We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love".   Author: Leo Buscaglia

#22 from: Kathe Hempstead
Marion, Ohio
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of Cecil's passing.  I truly enjoyed getting to know him while in Haiti three years ago.  Your family will be in my prayers.

#23 from: Ed and Janice Mast
Lexington, Ohio
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Mary Jane, Cindy, Nick and Kyle----Janice and I are keeping your great family in our prayers and thoughts.  We hurt deeply for the grief Melvin and Wilma are dealing with and the loss Cecil will be to them also.  God is great and God is good. We love you MaryJane-----Cousin Ed & Jan

#24 from: Rev. David and Janet Lippert
Marion, Ohio
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Janet and I were shocked to learn of Cecil's passing.  We know that he is now in the hands of Jesus.  Cecil was a very special individual who would help whenever there was a need.  Quite the craftsman, when he would do a job, it was always done right the first time.  May the Good Lord bless your family at this time and know your all in our prayers.  Rev. David and Janet Lippert

#25 from: Mildred (Sipes) Petersen
Roatan, Honduras
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I was saddened to hear of Cecil's death. I was one of his high-school classmates at Northmor.

May God give each member of the family comfort when you feel lonely and strength when you feel weak. May His loving arms surround you and uphold you in the days and weeks ahead.

#26 from: Kerri Barthauer
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Nick, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You and the families are in my thoughts and prayers.

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#27 from: Dennis & Pam Sams
Hummelstown, PA
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

MaryJane & family,
    We lift you and your family up to the Lord for peace and comfort through this heartbreaking time. We remember fondly, the great times we had at camp with your family and friends from Ohio. We will miss Cecil dearly. He was a great man of God.

#28 from: Susan rhodes
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

We are so saddened by your loss, please accept our prayers and sincere  condolences. If there is anything we can do or help in any way please let us or Tiffany know. Bless your family and know  God has a wonderful angel to watch over your family now.

#29 from: Galen Swartzentruber
Phoenix, Arizona
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Sorry to here of the passing of Cecil. I have such fond memories of visiting with the whole family during summer vacation and the fun times we had playing and batting to know each other as children. I wish we had lived closer and had more time to fellowship but I will always remember those special times. We only have comfort in knowing the sometime we will all meet again in Heaven. My God bless and comfort you in this time of sorrow. From all of the Swartzentrubers here in Phoenix you have our prayers and heartfelt sympathies.

#30 from: Kelly (Niehaus) Hardison
Findlay, Ohio
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Swartzentruber family. Althought I did not know Cecil, I can only imagine the wonder person that Cecil was based on knowing Wendell through our conservation work. May the Lord's love and promise of eternal life give your hearts relief in this difficult time.

#31 from: Shawn and Glenda Morgan
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

We are at a loss for words.  Cecil - what a wonderful man! We are praying that the peace of God that transcends all understanding will give you comfort.  We love you.

#32 from: Stan and Suzann Bauman
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

  Our early memories of our times at Camp Hebron include Cecil, his infectious smile and love of God, others and life.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

#33 from: Mike and Sue Jordan
Mike and Sue Jordan
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Love and prayers are coming your way. We were so deeply saddened to hear about Cecil. You guys were always pillars of Faith, and I know how very much Cecil will be missed by all of you. Thoughts of you guys go back to Marion Christian Center. Cecil was a gift to everyone who knew him. Thoughts of you both are Good and Happy thoughts. We will continue to cover you all with our prayers as you go through the next several hard months to come. Lord Bless, Mike and Sue Jordan  

#34 from: Jennifer Dalton
Medina, Ohio
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I am so sorry for your loss, prayers for you all.

#35 from: Nancy and David Wiley
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Our hearts are still breaking with the tragic news of Cecil's accident. Prayers go out to all the family and to all your friends.  God had a plan and we don't always understand.  May your heavenly father guide and support you at this difficult time.  Cling to all the wonderful memories.  Cecil was loved by so many and will always be remembered as a wonderful Christian man and a wonderful example for all.  God Bless.

#36 from: Bob Carpenter
420 Whetstone River RD., Caledonia
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

  Words are so hard to find, how to express the sorrow that I feel for Cecil's family. I was honored
to be with him on one of his mission trips to Haiti and didn'nt recognize him with a beard when he and his wife stopped in on their motor cycle.My prayer are with you, I know how much Cecil will be missed.

#37 from: Cindy and Dan Smith
Audubon, PA
Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Dear Swartzentruber Family.  We extend our deepest sympathy to your family.  Being friends with Cindy who is a sweet and special person shows a reflection of the loving and caring family she grew up in. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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#39 from: Amy Mast
Columbus, OH
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Very saddened to hear about Cecil. Prayers of love and healing during this difficult time. I remember Cecil fondly and we all shared lots of laughs especially at the Swartzentruber family reunions.

-- Amy Mast (daughter of Merv & Sharon Mast)

#40 from: NANCY GEORGE
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss.  Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers during this trying times.  

Mrs. George

#41 from: Christabelle Joy Newcombe
Prospect, Ohio; Union County
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 1:53 AM

I grieve the loss of an awesome man of God and dear friend and next-door neighbor, about a mile down the road from us. It's hard to believe of his passing, but we can rejoice that he is now fellowshipping with Jesus and my brother. Cecil is included amongst the great cloud of witnesses along with my brother, Hans. Hebrews 12:1 When I was younger, I made up this nickname for Cecil for whatever reason and called him, "The Champion". As I got older, I rethought that process and was like, "Champion of What?" Then it dawned on me, "Champion for Christ!" He did seem to be a champion at his work, and seemed to be quite knowledgeable in his tasks for other people here and beyond overseas, so the nickname kind of fit Cecil quite well, actually, both spiritually and physically. Now, it most definitely fits all that much more, for Cecil is truly + definitely a champion now as he has finished his work the Lord has called him to do and has surpassed from this life into gloryland, and now is fellowshipping and serving his Saviour, Jesus Christ face to face. God's got Cecil safely in His arms. We shall not cry anymore, for we shall one day meet and see our beloved ones again. However, the waiting process seems forever, for Cecil's smile, friendliness and faithful witness will be greatly and truly missed by all who loved and knew him. He greatly served well on this earth. My sympathetic thoughts, prayers, empathy and concerns are ever with Mary Jane, Cindy, Nick, Kyle and the extended family at this present time and always. May the Lord give you comfort and peace and be near to you all in this great time of loss. You will be greatly missed, beloved neighbor-friend and 'Champion', Cecil! If a man be found faithful, you're definately one of them! May your family be blessed with His ever-loving care during this difficult time and always! :( <3

#42 from: Marilyn Coleman
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I knew Cecil from Richwood Church of Christ.  He was a wonderful guy.  He was always willing to help.  I know that he will enjoy renewing his friendship with my husband George in heaven.  They were both good guys.  

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#44 from: Karolyn Lewis
United States
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM

I am Russell Lewis' daughter. My sincere, deepest sympathies to Cecil's parents, and all of his family. Remember the good times.

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