Joseph John Schwaiger, 91, of Salina KS., formerly of Sidney, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019 in Salina, Kansas. He was born on August 3, 1927, in Sidney, Ohio, the son of Florian and Katherine (Anthony) Schwaiger. Both parents preceded him in death. He was married to Doris (Weissinger) Schwaiger, who also preceded him in death.
Joe served in WWII in the Navy as a Seaman First Class, He worked over 45 years at Baum Folder, Copeland Corp., in sales, Sidney Daily News in etching, The US Postal Service, and even tried his hand at bar tending. He was an avid runner and completed many marathons, and Iron Man competitions, right up until the age of 90. He was proud to have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, and enjoyed writing and gardening.
Survivors include: children, David (Diana) Schwaiger, Kurt Schwaiger, Mark (Susan) Schwaiger, Frank (Rhonda) Schwaiger, and Sam (Deanna) Schwaiger; 17 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
Joe was also preceded in death by daughters Suzanne Bergman, and Kathy Schwaiger, brothers Marcel Schwaiger and William Schwaiger, and a sister, Mary Louise (Schwaiger) Shuster.
A memorial gathering will be held at Tawawa Park, Sidney, Ohio for the public on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 12 Noon until 2:00 PM. Internment of cremated remains will be held at Pearl Cemetery, Swanders, Ohio following the memorial gathering at Tawawa Park with an honor guard ceremony and the American Legion. Memorial Contributions may made to the American Diabetes Association, or Lewey Body Dementia Association, in care of Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home, 502 S. Ohio Ave. Sidney OH 45365. Online condolences may be expressed at www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com.
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