Max E Swope

1935 - 2018

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Max Swope, 83, of Cygnet, went to play Amazing Grace in Heaven with the Lord on Sunday, December 23, 2018. He was born on June 24, 1935, in Wood County to the late Forrest "Frosty" and Nina (Hawk) Swope. He married Marylin Murphy on July 26, 1958, and she survives. Max is also survived by his sons: Craig (Elaine) Swope of Findlay, Gary (Andrea) Swope of Cygnet and Eric (Sandra) Swope of Grand Rapids, OH; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and beloved family members. He was preceded in death by his brother, Merlin Swope, and his sister, Donna Jean Twining. Max retired in 1998 from the Wood County Engineers Office in Bowling Green after 34 years. He was also retired from Gleaner Life Insurance where he worked for over 40 years. He was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, North Baltimore. He was a longtime member of the former Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday School Superintendent and Teacher, Lay Leader, Pianist and Organist, Youth Fellowship Leader, and on the Board of Trustees. Max was a longtime Henry Township Precinct Committeeman, having served for 19 years. He had formerly been active in the Boy Scouts, and as an assistant Weblos Leader. He loved coaching and being around kids, he was a former 5th and 6th grade basketball coach, and also coached little league baseball in Rudolph and North Baltimore for 8 years. Max was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and gardening, but his greatest love and joy in life was his family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 27, 2018, at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, with Duane Weaver officiating. Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore. Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 and 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, and 1 hour (10-11 a.m.) prior to the service Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  • Visitation Details:

    515 N. Main St
    North Baltimore, Ohio 45872
    Wednesday, December 26th 2018 1:00-3:00 PM and 5:00-7:00 PM
    Thursday, December 27th 2018 10:00-11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, December 27th 2018 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    515 North Main Street
    North Baltimore, Ohio 45842

  • Final Resting Place:

    New Maplewood Cemetery [Map]

    North Baltimore, Ohio

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To : Marylin Craig Gary Eric family
Date :Monday, December 24th 2018
From : Brad Bibler

I know he will be missed but we sure enjoyed him while we had him.
Always with a smile and always made you smile-still to this day. Good memories!

Thanks for sharing him with the NB boys.

To : Marylin and family
Date :Monday, December 24th 2018
From : Voni Detamore
I don't think I ever saw Max without a smile and a story to tell. He'll be missed by many! Love and prayers to all the family.

To : Marlyin Family
Date :Tuesday, December 25th 2018
From : Ed Linda Newlon
My thoughts and prayers are with you all the family. I don't think I have every seen Max without a smile or something positive to say .He will be greatly misssed by all.

To : The Swope Family
Date :Wednesday, December 26th 2018
From : Gleaner Life Insurance Society
On behalf of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society, its members, employees,and Board of Directors, we send our sincere condolences to the Swope family on the passing of beloved Max, who was such a faithful,long time agent and arbor member of the Society. We thank him for his many contributions over the years.
Fraternally, Kevin Marti
President & CEO

To : Craig Elaine and family
Date :Wednesday, December 26th 2018
From : Dick and Greta Schrock
Craig, Elaine and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know your family will be in our prayers.

Dick and Greta

To : Marilyn and family
Date :Wednesday, December 26th 2018
From : John Brown
So sorry to hear of Max's passing. I worked with Max in mid 60's and never saw him without a smile. I am sure he is still smiling with the Lord. Truly one of the good guys.

To : Marilyn and Family
Date :Wednesday, December 26th 2018
From : Ken and Ruth Brnien
So sorry to hear of Max's passing. He always was smiling. He also always took time to talk with you. He will be missed. My condolences to all of your family.

Ruth andvKen

To : Marylin and family
Date :Wednesday, December 26th 2018
From : Steve and Cheryl Seibert
We are so sad to hear of Max’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. His smile will always be remembered.

May the fond memories of him live on forever.
Steve and Cheryl Seibert

To : Craig and Elaine Swope and family
Date :Thursday, December 27th 2018
From : Tuesday and John Trippier and Family and Jo Beerma
We are so sorry for your loss and are sending you prayers of love and support. May the Peace of Christ be with all of you. God Bless.

To : Marylin Craig Elaine Gary Andrea and Eric and Sa
Date :Thursday, December 27th 2018
From : Debbie Tyson Marsh
I am so very sorry to hear of Max's passing. He was a very special man. I will always remember the time spent with Max and the rest of the family. Heaven has gained a very special angel. You all have my deepest sympathies.

To : Marilyn Family
Date :Friday, December 28th 2018
From : Bill Warner
Dear Marilyn: One of the finest men I have ever known. Have a well deserved rest Max. I will look forward to seeing you again.


To : Marylin and family
Date :Saturday, December 29th 2018
From : Sandra Van Vorce Dick Hoffman
Marylin, We are so very sorry for your loss. I have many good memories of Max. We wish you and the children peace and comfort in knowing he is with our Lord. Dick and Sandy