RONNIE H. SWORD, age 72, of Washington CH, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4:33 p.m. at his home while surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on January 30, 1949 in Fayette County to Hubert Leslie and Sarah Ella (Wilson) Sword. He was a 1967 graduate of Washington High School. Ronnie proudly served his country is the US Army during the Vietnam Era where he received The Purple Heart Award. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 423, VFW Post 3762, American Legion Post 25, Elks Lodge 129, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 89, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Amvets, and the Sabina Moose Lodge 1244. Ronnie retired from Armco Steele and The Fayette County Veterans Service Office where he helped assist many Veterans from Fayette County throughout the years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his great-grandchildren, fishing, golfing, and camping at the Deer Creek Camping Resort for over twenty plus years.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Joyce (Bob) Everhart, and Rick Sword; brother-in-law, Charlie Yahn; and in-laws, Benjamin and Blanche (Veach) Gifford.
Survivors include his wife Sue Ellen (Gifford) Sword, whom he married on April 20, 1968; children, Shane (Amy) Sword, Hope (Kyle) Mickle, and Bobby (Missy) Sword; grandchildren, Luke (Sara) Mickle, Madison Mickle, Dylan (Heather) Cruise, Katelyn (Nathan) Reeser, and Dustin (Makenzie) Sword; great-grandchildren, Kali, Layla, and Maddox Mickle, Emma Cruise, and Grayson Sword; and siblings, Arbie Yahn, Steve (Joni) Sword, and Vick (Danny) Leeth.
He also leaves behind his adopted family; daughter, Tonda Shupert; and great- grandchildren, Kate Young, Savanah (Boo Boo) Coe, Sara (Sissy) Seaton, McKenna (Kenna Babe) Garren, Zoe (Princess) Fierman, Brenten (Punky) Everhart, and Nariah (Sister) Everhart; special nieces Vanessa Pauley, and Micki Crabtree; special nephew, Levi Cartee, his Deer Creek Camping family, and several other nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of dear and special friends including his angels from Heartland Hospice, Megan Brown, and Taylor Miller.
The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at The Gathering Place Church, 240 Courthouse Pkwy, Washington CH, OH 43160, with Pastor John Pfeifer officiating with burial to follow at the Highlawn Cemetery. Family and friends may visit at the church on Tuesday afternoon from 3-7:00 p.m.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Heartland Hospice, 116 Morris Rd., Circleville, OH 43113.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Summers Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.summersfuneralhome.com
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