Samuel O. Swartz, 91, WWII vet, insurance agent, East and West Cocalico Justice of the Peace

By on December 20, 2017

Samuel O. Swartz, 91, of Ephrata, formerly of Reinholds, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at Hospice & Community Care, Mount Joy.

He was born in Reinholds to the late Samuel and Helen (Ochs) Swartz, and was the husband of the late Barbara H. (Hornberger) Swartz, who passed away in 2008. Sam was a loyal caregiver up until her passing.

He was a member of Swamp United Church of Christ, where he was in the choir, a former deacon, elder, president of consistory, and he taught Sunday School for 40 years. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #665 F & A.M., Ephrata, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Lancaster and Reading, Lancaster County Shrine Club, Rajah Temple A.A.O.N.M.S, Reading, Rajah Shrine Club, Reading, and Order of Eastern Star, Cloister Chapter. He was a charter member of Reinholds V.F.W. #6759, and Reinholds Lions Club.

Samuel was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II. He was self-employed as an insurance agent in the Denver area for 34½ years. He was also a former Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds and Justice of the Peace in East and West Cocalico for 17 years.

Samuel is survived by four children: James Gilbert Swartz, husband of Amy (Reitzel) of South Carolina; Samuel O. Swartz III, husband of Annette (Eckert) of Ephrata; Anne Elizabeth, wife of David Dennis of Middletown; and Rebecca Susan Swartz of Harrisburg; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister: Evelyn M., wife of Clair L. Wolf of Ephrata.

Services were held Dec. 20 at Swamp Christian Fellowship Church, Reinholds, with Pastor Craig Snow officiating. Interment took place in the Swamp Cemetery. Military honors were accorded by the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and 21 Vet Salute.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at


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