Carl E. Swaney, Sr.

By | July 19, 2019

Carl E. Swaney, Sr., age 91, of Jackson, passed away Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Adena Pike Medical Center in Waverly, Ohio after three recent hospital stays.  He was born in 1928 to the late Herman and Letha (Jenkins) Swaney.  He was the grandson of Vermont T. Swaney of Richmond Dale.  He was a member of the Forrest and Field Draft Horse and Mule Association. 

Carl was known as the “Ox Man” because he raised and trained oxen in Southeastern Ohio.  He displayed them at fairs and festivals all over Ohio.  He was Scioto Township Trustee for 24 years.  Carl and his oxen broke the ground for the first Bob Evans Restaurant in Chillicothe, Ohio.   Titles Carl wore were “Ox man”, trustee and special deputy Sheriff.  He also hauled the Amish. 

Carl was married to the late Carol E. Swaney in 1945.  Together, they moved to County Road 22, better known as Cove Rd in 1948.  There, they raised their family on their 150-acre farm, raising oxen, cattle, horses, mules, goats and chickens.  Carl was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather. 

He is survived by his friend, Bonnie Dennison; daughters, Connie Jean (Russell) White and Melody Ann (John “Ed”) Rose; grandchildren, Brian Carl (Emily) Swaney, Donald Lee Swaney, Kellie Jean (Shane) Dawson, John Edwin (Tasha) Rose III, and Christina (Bobby) Hively; great-grandchildren, Bailey and Tanner Reed, Bryce, Chloe, and Addison Dawson, and Kenadi and AshLynn Rose, John E. Rose IV, and Aubrey Rose; special daughter-in-law, Ruth Swaney as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins, Wilbur and Roger Swaney and friends.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Carl E. Swaney, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Grace Ellen McCoy and Betty Blamer; and brothers-in-law, Elwyn Blamer and Wendell McCoy. 

Friends may call Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Jackson.  Funeral services will immediately follow the calling hours at 3 p.m.  Burial will follow in Hanna Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent to