Gary Dean Swanger

Thursday, September 11, 1947 - Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Deeply Missed

Photo of Gary Dean Swanger  - 1947-2020

Canton- Gary Dean Swanger, age 73, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

Gary was born in Canton on September 11, 1947. He and his twin sister, Gayle, were indeed two wonderful blessings born to their parents, the late Chester Swanger and the late Margaret Williamson Swanger. He was raised in a home filled with great love and joy, and had made his home in Haywood County all of his life and was a 1965 graduate of Canton High School where Gary made friendships that have remained important to him all throughout his lifetime. Mr. Swanger honorably served his country in the United States Army.  He was employed as a mechanic with Champion International / Blue Ridge Paper and retired with 30 dedicated years of faithful service. He was indeed a man who enjoyed being out among the mountains where he was born and raised. Gary was an avid trout fisherman and hunter and he so looked forward to camping with family and friends and spending time with them.  Antique cars and trucks always caught his eye and Gary was very knowledgeable about all models that had been restored or preserved. Mr. Swanger was loved by everyone that knew him and he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-son, Richard F. Bedsworth.

Surviving are his loving wife of 20 years, Julia Helen Lott Parker of Canton; his children, Michelle Surrett (Randy) of the Bethel Community, and Mark Swanger (Misty) of Johnson City, Tennessee; grandchildren, Ali Swanger, Madasyn Surrett, and Conar Surrett; and his beloved twin sister, Gayle Ammons (Bobby) of Canton.

Services for Mr. Swanger will be held at a later date.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Swanger family.

Condolences from family and friends

I'm so sorry for your loss. Gary was a wonderful man and it shows in his loving family. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on.
Jennifer Tracz
So sorry for your loss, we both worked with in the mill and thought a lot of Gary. Our thoughts are prayers are with you in this sad time.
Kenny & Frances Lear
So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Gary and I had some fun times working together in the mill.
Beth Gray
RIP Gary, you will be missed here on earth, but you have earned your wings. Fly high with the angels.
Carol Carr
Gary was a great friend. Had a lot of conversations with him at work about fishing and old cars. He sure was a nice person to be around. Prayers for your family on your great loss.
Joe Robinson
Love and prayers for Helen, and Family. Gary and his great laugh will be terribly missed by his friends, We loved him.
Glenn, Sue, and Molly Knick
Gary was a great friend and co worker we had been friends since high school. Prayers for all family in this time.
David Stamey
Thoughts and Prayers are with you and family, Gary was a great person and friend.
Wayne and Sue Oates
So sorry Gail .. I didn't know til just now as I was leaving condolences for another friend. Love to you and Bobby Linda
Linda Queen Roberts
Gayle and the family my prayers are for you at this time . God is good ,He will hold you and comfort you in the days ahead.
Betty Hill Adams
We were so sorry to here of Gary's death. He was such a nice and friendly man to work with at the Community Kitchen. Our condolences sure go to Gayle and Bobby. God Bless you and the family. We will remember you in our prayers.
Gayla and Bill Jones
What a wonderful man that made us feel at home when working for you. You and Gary have been a big part of our lives just since knowing you for a year or so. He was a healing man that would help anyone in frog town etc. He will be missed. We are always in touch with you
Mickey and Doug
RIP Gary. Gary was family and a friend of high regard. It was always great to see him either on the ball field, family gathering, volunteering at the va, or any time. I will miss you as I know all your family will. May God comfort all.
Dwight Donaldson
I was so very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I’ve known him since the 1st grade at Penn Ave. He was a sweet, funny guy and I will miss seeing him at our CHS reunions! My thoughts and prayers are with Gayle ,Julia and his children.
Pede Conley Self
I was deeply saddened to learn the passing of Gary. The last time I saw him was at the play ground at McDonald's in Canton watching grandchildren play. I remember him telling me he had remarried and he was the happiest he'd ever been in his life, and it was obvious. Gary was one of the best men ever! Please know I'm praying for each of you during this difficult and sad time.
Debbie Lewis
Dad you were a loving, admirable father, worker, family man and friend! Always spoke of acquaintances, friends and relatives in a respectful way. You taught me to stay humble and modest about successes and make your effort respected. I’m proud to be your son and hear that we’re just alike! Till I see you again Dad, know we loved you very much!
Mark Swanger
Papaw, you were an amazing man, best friend and papaw! You've taught me so much in life and even about life and helped me in so many ways! I hope that I can continue to make you proud of me! I miss and love you beyond words! I'm very proud to be your granddaughter, Fly high with the Angels until we meet again! <3
Ali Swanger
I’m so sad about losing Gary. He and Gayle have been my friends since kindergarten - over 60 years. I am devastated that I was not able to attend his memorial service today. My husband, Butch, has such a poor immune system that the fear of infection is so great. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Helen, his children and grandchildren, but, especially to his twin sister, Gayle. Gary, you are greatly missed. Love to you all.
Pat “Murphy” And Butch Owen