Garry B. Swartz

June 30, 1953 - March 10, 2020


A Celebration of Life Service will be offered in the Spring or early Summer. Date and time to be announced.

Obituary Notice

Garry B. Swartz, age 66 of Mio, passed away March 10, 2020.

He is survived by his loving wife; Judith. Dear children; Stephanie (Brandon) Wittig, James Swartz, Jessica Swartz and Shauna (Renee) Ramirez. Adored Grandchildren; Kinley Swartz, Cristan Tidwell, De'Andre Krenek, Kody Michel, Saoirse Skelly, Kaleb Jerome, Savannah Jerome as well as step-grandchildren; Adrianne Wittig, Eden Wolf and Nicole Wittig. Great-Grandchildren; Hayden, Bryson, Madyline, Cayden and Oliver. His devoted mother; Carolyn Swartz. Siblings; Lori Cozart, Leslie Krenek, Scott Swartz and Mark Swartz.

He was preceded in death by his father; August B. Swartz and brothers; Brian and Kim Swartz.

Garry was born on June 30, 1953 in Perry, Michigan. He worked as a Glazer in the auto glass business. He was a dedicated family man who was loving, kind, wise and always was there for them as well as anyone in need. Garry was the biggest fan of his son-in-law’s music festival and always helped to promote it and welcomed the bands that were performing. He was a hero to his kids and grandkids and will be greatly missed by all.

Mr. Swartz has been cremated. A Celebration of Life Service will be offered in the Spring or early Summer. Date and time to be announced.


He was always a caring man always good to the land everyone on it! Always tried to make sure I was fed hydrated and well cared for. He will be loved missed and carried in my heart always, as I’m sure he carried me in his
— Joshua Humphrey Sr
RIP Gary! I'm so glad we got to see you in November and so much appreciated your generosity when we were there. You are definitely one of a kind we will miss you. Prayers to all you girls I'm so sorry for your loss.
— Tamera Swartz
After I lost my heart was beyond crushed..I had lost so much.. but from the first day I met treated me as one of your own. The hugs when I needed one even when I didn't want one..the talks we would the early morning happy birthday texts with just a simple love the digs about not liking cowboys. The laughs...the watching you hide at Dunesville because you just couldn't dance anymore. Our "memories" will never fade..I'll always miss you..I'll always be thinking of you..I'll always love you..from the daughter that wasn't yours...but became one..I love you Daddy...cowboys for life!!..
— Melissa
He was such a big part of Dunesville music festival. He was known to many for his breakfasts. Which makes me sad I never had the opportunity to enjoy his breakfasts. He always treated people like family he knew no stranger only friends. Our condolences and prayers 🙏 to all of his family. He will be missed. Love to you all. Ron and Jen
— Jennifer and Ronald Oberlin
My condolences to this sweet family. Gary was a kind person and we are grieved by his passing. Until we all meet again. Godspeed!
— Mary
Gary. I will miss you forever I am so thankful that you are my brother and friend the hole that you will leave will only be repaired when I can see you again
— Scott Swartz
I know this can be hard times for all of us. We need to stay connected as a FAMILY. This way we can draw from each others strengths, cry on each others shoulders, and encourageeach other to go another day. I love each of you and I will continue to pray for each of you every day! I will deeply miss my oldest brother!
— Mark Swartz
til we meet again, sweet cousin. you will be sorely missed here on earth!
— COLLEEN Swartz-Hilsenhoff and Jerry Hilsenhoff
He was a cool dude! Like a dad to a lot of us. He told you the truth, was honest with ya. Yet very much respected your opions and view points. Go cowboys! He would say when I said Go Pack! I will miss his hugs and kisses on my forehead. He was just like a dad to me. His red white and blue bandana, his love for the good old usa and his family and friends is what I remember most. The hippie dad! Rest in peace you are missed and thought of often.
— Kristina M Easterday
Rest in peace my old friend. I will always remember the times and trips we took. Love ya, man!
— Richard w Pitt
Gary was an interesting man. I had the pleasure of knowing him as I am a friend of his daughter, Steph. The world was a better place because Gary lived in it and brought joy to others. I will miss him greatly. May he rest in peace.
— Carolyn Cramer
I love you papa, my condolence is to my sisters and mother and neices and nephews and the grandkids. I love you papa, I miss you!
— Shauna Ramirez
Rest in peace Garry. You were always so sweet and caring. I will always remember you and the old days in Houston with fondness. Much love to you and yours.
— Irene Martinez (Swartz) Misamore
Uncle Garry, I love you and will miss you. Sorry my kids never had the opportunity to meet their great uncle! You will be missed by many but especially your family! There are many memories of you and it is hard to pick just one. I love you!
— Ashley (Swartz) Poudrier

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