Cliff Swartzbaugh, 73, passed away at his Gene Autry residence Wednesday afternoon, June 12, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born to the late Robert and Betty (Blount) Swartzbaugh on February 11, 1940, at Fostoria, Ohio.

He and the former Renee’ Boyd were married March 15, 1962 at Gainesville, Texas, and had lived for the past 17 years in the Gene Autry community. They had previously lived in many areas of the U. S. and countries of the world.

An airline pilot, Cliff began his flying career with American Fliers in 1964; and later flew with Emery Airlines and the Port of Call Travel Club. He had served honorably in the U. S. Navy; was a member of the Springer Missionary Baptist Church, the Patriot Guard and the Christian Motorcycle Association.

Survivors include his wife, Renee’ Swartzbaugh; two sons, Kyle and Kelly Swartzbaugh; grandchildren, Kristen Greenwood and Hunter Swartzbaugh all of the Gene Autry community; a sister, Roberta Rone, Granbury, Texas; two brothers, Steven Swartzbaugh, Flower Mound, Texas, and Jeff Swartzbaugh, The Villages, Florida.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 17, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Springer Missionary Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. John Wylie and the Rev. Jay McGaughy. Burial will be in the Pruitt Cemetery, with military honors and escort provided by The Patriot Guard Riders of Oklahoma.

Serving as bearers will be Jerry Pletcher, Doug Loder, Casey Smith, Ken Adams, Dillen Greenwood and Hunter Swartzbaugh. Honorary bearer will be Larry Smith.

Services have been entrusted to Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory.

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