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Ray Swartzentruber, 80, of Abbeville, husband of Lorene Wingard Swartzentruber, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood. He was born in Virginia Beach, VA to the late Jonas C. and Anna Miller Swartzentruber.
As a blessing to his church, Cold Spring Mennonite, where he was co-founder, he had an outstanding Christian influence. His life was known to be an example of dedication and faithfulness to God. Ray was the founder and owner of Ray’s Plumbing in Abbeville and also a charter member of the Cold Spring Volunteer Fire Department.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Elma Hershberger Swartzentruber; an infant son; three brothers, Norman, Lloyd and Noah Swartzentruber; and one sister, Susan Yoder.
Ray is survived by his wife of 20 years, Lorene, of the home; five sons, Steve Swartzentruber (Karen), Lowell Swartzentruber (Anna Mae), Glen Swartzentruber (Gina), Kevin Swartzentruber (Retha) and Brian Swartzentruber (Dorothy), all of Abbeville; a daughter, Donna S. Wagler (Charles) of Cross Hill; three brothers, Eldon Swartzentruber of Moultrie, GA, Daniel Swartzentruber (Marie) of Montezuma, GA and Merlin Swartzentruber of Ware Shoals; two sisters, Catherine Troyer of Farmville, VA and Bertha Yoder (Allen) of Fairview, MO; twenty-four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 2:00PM – 4:00PM and 6:00PM – 8:00PM, Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Cold Spring Mennonite Church. Funeral services will be 11:00AM, Friday, April 5, 2019 at Cold Spring Mennonite Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions, in memory of Ray, may be sent to Cold Spring Mennonite Church Missions, 226 Cold Springs Church Road, Abbeville, SC 29620.
The family is at the home.
A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.harrisfuneral.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Abbeville is assisting the Swartzentruber family.