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Gail R. Swecker

31 Dec 2004

Gail Raymond Swecker, 87, a resident of Huttonsville, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 12, 1917, at Huttonsville, a son of the late Holt Samuel Swecker and Lucy Marcelia Kittle Swecker.

On March 24, 1941, at Winchester, Va., he was married to the former Elizabeth Ruth Rosencrance, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Betty Jean Linger and husband, Russell Linger Jr., of Huttonsville, one grandson, Rusty Linger and wife, Cindy, and two great-grandchildren, Russ and Alice Linger, all of Huttonsville; one brother, Donald Swecker of Huttonsville; and two sisters, Arlene Brock of Parsons and Betty Schillings of Johnson City, N.Y.

Preceding him in death were five brother and six sisters.

He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army and attaining the rank of sergeant. He was retired from the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, where he worked as a wild life manager. He was a member of Randolph Lodge 55 AF & AM of Beverly and an active member of the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church at Becky’s Creek.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. today at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. On Saturday, he will be moved to the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church at Becky’s Creek for visitation from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Verl Simmons, the Rev. Bonnie Starkey and the Rev. Richard Crickard will officiate and interment will follow in the Brick Church Cemetery near Huttonsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Chapel United Methodist Church, Route 1, Box 42, Huttonsville, W.Va. 26273 or to Hospice Care Corp., P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, W.Va. 26520 in memory of Mr. Swecker. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Gail Raymond Swecker.

Submitted by Virgil Tacy & Jeanne Russell

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