Paul Joseph Swisher

(ROANOKE) A memorial service for Paul Joseph Swisher, 82, of Roanoke will be Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, at noon at Quattlebaum Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Swisher died Friday, Aug. 21, at Midtown Medical Center in Columbus, Ga.

Mr. Swisher was born in Miami on Aug. 14, 1938, to Jeffrey and Pauline Swisher. He graduated Miami High School in 1956 and joined the Coast Guard in 1957, from which he retired in 1977 with the rank of lieutenant. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was a Purple Heart recipient.

Mr. Swisher was a professional fisherman for many years before he became a Pinzgauer cattle farmer. He raised many prized cows during his tenure as a farmer in Roanoke. He was an avid historian and had a particular passion for antique bottles manufactured locally in Roanoke.

He is survived by his beloved Barbara Wesson; brother, Daniel Swisher; son, Paul Swisher Jr. (Theresa Swisher); daughter, Mary Swisher; stepson, Billy Betz; grandchildren, Lauren Bonaventura, Amanda Swisher, Jennifer Hanson, Jessica Gambino and TJ Lawson; great-grandchildren, Olivia Swisher, Aubrey Storbeck, Kelsey Storbeck, Daniel Singletary, Hannah Widemann, Anthony Sheerer, Gary Hanson, Jakob Sheerer and Roscoe Gambino. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Ida Ansley; brother, Johnathan Swisher; son, Jacques Marcoux Swisher; and stepdaughter, Jana Lawson.

The family requests in lieu of gifts that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Mr. Swisher's name.

Quattlebaum Funeral Home, Roanoke.

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