Orval R. Swearingen, 79, of Brazil, passed away October 31, 2005 at Royal Oaks Healthcare Facility.
He was born May 18, 1926 in Clay County the son of Ralph and Nona Hamm Swearingen. He attended Staunton High School and received his diploma from there following World War II. He served in the U.S. Army during the war as a private 1st class. November 29, 1946, he married Patty Jane Means Swearingen, she survives.
In his life time, he worked at Chevrolet in Indianapolis, Froderman Chevrolet in Brazil, he owned and operated the Sinclair Station at the corner of 59 and Pinckley Street for several years. He also worked for City Heating and Air-Conditioning and for Hughes Chrysler Plymouth in Brazil. He attended First Christian Church in Brazil. He was a Brazil City Councilman from 1962-1966 and a member of the Brazil Masonic Lodge 541. He was a member of the Brazil Kiwanis for 51 years, serving as past-president and was instrumental in founding the K-Day festivities. He enjoyed golf, fishing, traveling and entertaining his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Patty Swearingen of Brazil; two daughers and sons-in-law, Karen and Doug Parkey of Brazil; and Marsha and John Hinsch of Jackson, OH; one daughter-in-law, Cathy Swearingen of Clay City; eight grandchildren and their spouses, John and Val Parkey, Mark and Amber Parkey, Ramey and Kevin Furnish, Rick and Sherri Swearingen, P.J. and Stephanie Swearingen, Amy and Brad Dehart, CarriBeth and Dean Burkett, and Brett and Erin Hinsch; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother Archie Swearingen of Paducah, KY; one sister-in-law, Betty Swearingen of Brazil; two brothers-in-law, Levertt Craig of Brazil; and John Means and wife Cecilia of Ocala, FL; several nieces, nephews and a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Ralph Swearingen; one sister Shirley Craig; one sister-in-law, Doris Swearingen; and one son, Rick Swearingen.
Services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at French Funeral Home with grandsons, Brother John Parkey and Mark Parkey officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and again Friday prior to services. Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.