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Reverend Jeffrey "Jeff" S. Swanger

July 31, 1943 — December 23, 2021

Mechanicsburg

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Reverend Jeffrey “Jeff” S. Swanger

He was called to Serve his Lord -

Reverend Jeffrey “Jeff” S. Swanger, age 78, of Mechanicsburg, went peacefully home with his Lord and Savior with his family by his side on Thursday, December 23, 2021.  Jeff was born on Saturday, July 31, 1943, in Lewistown to the late John Kenneth Swanger and Bertrice E. (Baker) Swanger. In addition to his parents, Jeff is preceded in death by his three brothers: John, Kenneth, and Timothy Swanger.

Jeff’s survivors include his wife of 56 years, Nancy Jane (Brown) Swanger; his three children: Lisa Amos of Mechanicsburg; Tricia Dovenspike and husband, Hans, of Mechanicsburg; Christopher “Chris” Swanger and wife, Dana, of Lancaster; his six grandchildren: Sarah Amos, Rebecca Amos, Michael Posteraro, Carmen Posteraro, Aaron Dovenspike, Emma Dovenspike; his great-granddaughter: Parklynn Sweigart; his three sisters: Sharon Bingaman, Teresa Hannon, and Michele Bair.

Jeff proudly served his country in the United States Navy.  Jeff had many interests: including photography, reading and as evidenced by his CD collection, he had a passion for music.  He also enjoyed traveling, especially to Cape May.  He worked for 20 years at TRW in Harrisburg before he answered the call into the ministry.  While raising a family and working to support them, Jeff, attended college and seminary.  All of this hard work, culminated in his ordination.  Jeff was called to minister in many churches over the years until his retirement in 1994.  He returned to his first church, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, in Dillsburg.  He pastored there until 2019.  His passion to serve his Lord and the love for his family was apparent in his words and his deeds.  He treasured the time with his family; and he and Nancy created many wonderful memories together.

All are welcome to join Jeff’s family at his gathering of family and friends on Thursday, December 30, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 2:45 p.m. with military honors immediately following the service all at Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Reverend Dr. S. Philip Covert officiating.  At the family’s request, masks are required to be worn by all guests while indoors.  Cremation was private.

Contributions in celebration of Jeff’s life can be made to Hospice of Central PA Carolyn’s House, 1701 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110, www.hospiceofcentralpa.org/giving-and-donations and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Dillsburg, 590 Mt. Zion Road, Dillsburg, PA 17019, www.umc.org/en/how-we-serve/umcgiving/donate.

Jeff’s family has entrusted his care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Jeff’s full obituary, view his memorial video and portrait, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign his official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com.

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Virtual Gathering via Video Chat

Family and friends are welcome to join Jeff's family via video chat or telephone on Thursday, December 30, 2021, beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

We use Zoom for internet video chat and telephone conference calling.  There is no charge for you to participate.  Simply click on the link below or dial the telephone number below to be connected to the event.

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85144355279? with passcode 3421

Join by telephone:   415-762-9988   or   646-568-7788   and enter meeting number 851 4435 5279 with passcode 3421

By participating in this chat you agree to our “Internet Video Chat & Telephone Chat Policies” which can be found at www.Buhrig.com/Privacy-Policy.

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Gathering

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Starts at 1:30 pm (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Virtual Gathering

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Starts at 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Funeral Service

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Starts at 2:45 pm (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Committal Ceremony with Military Honors

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Starts at 3:30 pm (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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