Leon R. Swackhammer 

Leon R. Swackhammer, 84, of Upper Cherry Road, Kersey, died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at home after a short illness.He was born Nov. 20, 1927 in Benezette, son of the late David & Mildred (English) Swackhammer.On Sept. 13, 1952 he married Amelia Parisi, who survives. He lived all his life in Elk County and enjoyed bowling and fishing. He worked at Airco Speer of St. Marys from 1955 until his retirement as General Foreman in 1989.He was a veteran, having served in the Army during WWII. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ryan (Kimberly) Swackhammer of Kersey; three brothers, Russell (Helen) Swackhammer of Gardner Hill, Weedville, Joel (Kun) Swackhammer of Carlisle, and Arley Swackhammer of Benezette; and two sisters, Dora (John) DeCarli of Byrnedale, and Ila Kraus of St. Marys.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Merlin, Donald, and DeMonte Swackhammer; a brother-in-law, Raymond Kraus; a sister-in-law, Darlene Swackhammer; and also by two brothers and a sister in infancy. Private services for Leon R. Swackhammer will be held at the families' convenience. Interment will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, Kersey. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials to the Community Nurses, Inc.