Mount Vernon News
  • Jim Swetlic Sr.

  • August 23, 2010

MOUNT VERNON — On Aug. 13, 2010, the world lost a friend. His wife, Linda; children, Jim Swetlic Jr. and Beckie; grandchildren, Summer and Dylan Swetlic; daughters, Connie and Jim Edick and Theo MacQuaid of Virginia; brother, Bob Swetlic; sisters, Jeanine Larson and Linda Steffey; nieces and nephews and many more loved ones, will hold his memory close to their hearts.
Our beloved did not need a name to become a friend. He carried a ray of sunshine in his pocket and shared freely with all that crossed his path, there were no strangers or boundaries. Jim was a rare example of unconditional and unending love for all to receive.
Jim followed his own beat of the drum and created a dance that was uniquely his own. Seeing life in vibrant color led to adventures and travel and seeing the sunrise in the desert was a favorite. This art of seeing led to mastering stone masonry, building phenomenal pieces of art from scraps, and transforming his home into a secret garden for his beloved wife and Sadie their black lab.
Jim was an intellectual person, using his genius mind to challenge the rules. While listening to classical music, wearing his infamous “Skirt” i.e. kokoia; there would be conversations of everything from the simple things made interesting to the complexity of quantum physics. Jim opened our minds to the infinite possibilities of humanity. The wisdom of this man created generational changes. To let the past go and open to the future was one of Jim’s many teachings.
As much as Jim loved people, he also loved his pets, a good thunderstorm and nature. He knew who he was and lived his life with grace and dignity, leaving us with the memories of a truly unique individual.
And as Jim would say …
“See you in the future.”
On a later date family and friends will celebrate Jim’s life. All memorial gifts, please forward to the Palliative Care Unit at Knox Community Hospital, 1330 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Private condolences may be expressed to the family at
The Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Vernon are honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Jim Swetlic Sr.


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