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Eldon J. Swartzentruber

July 19, 1930 January 8, 2020
Eldon J. Swartzentruber
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Eldon J. Swartzentruber, formerly of Virginia Beach, passed away on January 8, 2020, at Legacy Village in Moultrie, GA, where he had been a resident since August 2018. He was born in Princess Anne County, VA, on July 19, 1930, the eldest child and son of the late Jonas C. and Anna Miller Swartzentruber. On August 12, 1951, he married Laura E. Dickerson, who preceded him in death May 13, 1988. He later married Leora Overholt in Abbeville, SC, on April 10, 1993. She also preceded him in death September 9, 2006. He was also predeceased by an infant son in August 1957; four brothers, Lloyd, Norman, Ray, and Noah; and one sister, Susan.
Survivors include four sons and one daughter, David (Clara), of Middleburg, PA, Ruth (Ray Horst), of Farmville, VA, Richard (Pauline), of Ochlocknee, GA, Eldon R. (Orpha), of Sarasota, FL, and Merlin (Gail), of Virginia Beach, VA; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Daniel, of Montezuma, GA, and Merlin, of Ware Shoals, SC; and two sisters, Catherine, of Farmville, VA, and Bertha, of Fairview, MO, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was a long-time member of Providence Mennonite Church, where, for many years he taught Vacation Bible School fifth grade class, and various Sunday School classes.
Mr. Swartzentruber was also a founding member of the Kempsville Volunteer Fire Department, Station 9, and served as Assistant Chief and then Chief for 20 years before moving to South Carolina in 1971. He was also a member of the Virginia Beach Fire Chiefs Council preceding the transition from a volunteer fire service to what is today the Virginia Beach Fire Department.
He was employed for many years at Yoder Dairies as a milk route salesman, and also as a plant manager. He had also worked for the Colony Farms Dairy of Newport News as a wholesale route salesman in the Tidewater area. Upon “retiring” to South Carolina in 1994, he became a favorite driver of CSX railroad crews as he shuttled them around the state for PTI Transport, until the age of 82.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Providence Mennonite Church, 5363 Providence Road, Virginia Beach, VA. There will be a final viewing one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends and relatives from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, January 13, 2020, at Avalon Church of Christ, 844 Woodstock Road, Virginia Beach, VA.
The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Swartzentruber’s eldest grandson, Dr. Gary Swartzentruber, his wife Anne, and their children, for the exceptional care and love they gave to him both medically and otherwise these last two years and four months. We also express appreciation to the staff at Legacy Village at Park Regency for their dedicated service to his care.
Memorial contributions may be given in his honor to the Gideons International for the placement of Bibles around the world.
A special thank you too, for the Colquitt County Hospital Hospice staff for your care.


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Visitation

Monday

13

Jan

6:00 PM 1/13/2020 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/13/2020 8:00:00 PM
Avalon Church of Christ

844 Woodstock Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Avalon Church of Christ
844 Woodstock Road Virginia Beach 23464 VA
United States

Service

Tuesday

14

Jan

10:00 AM 1/14/2020 10:00:00 AM
Providence Mennonite Church

5363 Old Providence Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Providence Mennonite Church
5363 Old Providence Rd Virginia Beach 23464 VA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Providence Mennonite Church Cemetery Final Resting Place

5363 Old Providence Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

5363 Old Providence Rd Virginia Beach 23464 VA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Gideons International

The Gideons International Processing Center
P.O. Box 97251
Washington, DC 20090
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