Ronald R. Sweger Sr.

July 9, 1933October 31, 2012
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RONALD R. SWEGER, SR, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, age 79, of Harrisburg, PA, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012, in Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He was born July 9, 1933, in Millerstown, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents Mildred and Benjamin Sweger and his brothers, Robert and William Sweger. He is survived by his wife, Shirley J. Sweger, his children, Benjamin, of Harrisburg, PA, Ronald, Jr., of Enola, PA, Debra Roller, and husband, David, of Steelton, PA, Dianna Shutt, and husband Gary, of Enola, PA, Mary Yeager, and husband, Scott, of Carlisle, PA, and David Sweger, of Enola, PA. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, as well as his sister, Dolores Hower and her husband William, of Mechanicsburg, PA, sisters-in-law, Mary Sweger, of Lititz, PA, and Shirley Sweger, of Duncannon, PA, as well as a lot of nieces and nephews who will all miss him dearly. He was 14 years old when he enlisted in the National Guards and then enlisted in the Air Force. He was a Korean War Veteran from 1951 – 1955, where he received the Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. He was stationed in Korea and served as a munitions specialist in the 804th Supply Sq. He retired from Amp, Inc., February 1, 1996, as a supervisor of Electronic Designer Automation Engineering. He was employed there for 32 years. He was a fun-loving, family man who always took pride and cherished the time he had with his family. He was a former member of Christ United Methodist Church, Rutherford, in which he held several offices. He was a member of the Twenty-Ninth Street United Methodist Church, past president of the Rutherford Lions Club several times, and Zone Chairman of District 14T and awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award, and an instructor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission Hunter-Trapper Education program for 35 years. He was a member of the Amp Nimrods, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Loyal Order of the Moose in Millerstown, PA, American Legion in Linglestown, PA, and a proud supporter of the NRA, an AARP member, a member of Thousand Trails, where he loved to go camping with his wife and travel in their motor home. He was an avid hunter who taught his sons and a few grandsons to hunt. He was also a Wednesday night Pinnacle player and a fan of the Steelers, Penn State, Phillies, and Hershey Bears. A viewing will be held Friday, November 2, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, and Saturday, November 3, 2012, 9:00 – 10:00 am, in Neill Funeral Home, 3501 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111, followed by a service at 10:00 am. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1019 Mumma Road, Wormleysburg, PA 17043, or to the Kidney Foundation of Central PA, 4813 Jonestown Road, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17109.


  • Viewing Friday, November 2, 2012
  • Viewing Saturday, November 3, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ronald R. Sweger Sr.

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November 22, 2012

To the Sweger family,
We will not forget our Rutherford families that have past before us. Mr. Sweger gave his time in the Lions club and his daughters were all good softball players! I will never forget the wonderful memories Rutherford has given me, and the Sweger family were a part of my life back then.
With heartfelt sympathy,

The Calamia's

November 21, 2012

Dave Roller

November 21, 2012

Pappy its been to long without you already!! We all love and still miss you dearly. Thank you for all the life lessons you gave me growing up in the woods. Thank you for coming to my USMC Graduation I will never forget what you taught and showed me over the years. I love you and so do all your great grand kids!!! Watch over us like the Guardian Angel you have always been to our family!! WE LOVE YOU

David Sweger Sr

November 20, 2012

Ronald R. Sweger Sr. is one of the True American Dad's in this country...proud to have served for this country and proud to be a family man...proud to be a Penn State Nittany Lions Fan. A coworker of his from Amp told me he was straight up and forward to him. He would let you know if you were messing up at work and he would go to bat for you. He had done that for many. He would go to bat for you because he was a Philly's fan! During baseball season, I called my Dad and asked him if the Philly's woke him up. He said heck no! The Philly's fell asleep. They had a good chance to make the play off's and they fell asleep. That had me laughing. He lived a lifetime. He helped out in the community in numerous functions. Over all he is the best and always will be remembered as that to me. He accomplished a lot. He kept our family together in good times and bad, because that's what matters. If you don't have the time, you have to make the time he told me. Thank you Dad.

Michele Sweger

November 14, 2012

Pappy was a hoot and even though we didn't talk much my favorite story was about how the only plane to ever get shot down was their own mail carrier because they forgot to get landing clearance. My favorite saying from him everyone finally witnessed about his back scratching. There are so many memories those are just a few. I love you Pappy you will always be loved and missed. <3

Krissy Roller

November 8, 2012

It's hard to sum up so many memories when he was always there, even if he only whistled to get your attention. I know you will always be with me no matter where you are or I go. I love you Pappy.

Benjamin Sweger

November 8, 2012

My father was loved by lot's of people. When out hunting wild game Dad will be with me just like when we were out in the woods. My father will be with every where I go.

Benjamin Sweger

November 8, 2012

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Heidi Roller

November 7, 2012

Pappy it's been a week and I still don't know what to say but I will always remember you and always maken sure your hair was fixed each time you were in the hospital! Me the girls and Cj will never forget you and all your jokes and pranks!! I know the day I get married you will be sitting next to Gram watching! We love you Pappy!

Love, Cj, Heidi, Desiree', Jasmyn, and Aniyah

Dianna Shutt

November 6, 2012

My dad was a loving family man who I always respected for his family values and hard work. I can only hope to live as long and be as active as he was. I will miss my dad dearly, as will the rest of the family.
Dad, we will never forget you and will cherish every memory we had with you. We will be strong for mom and help her as much as we can to make it through these trying times. I love you and miss you dad, all my love to you... your daughter "Dianna" xoxoxox