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“I want to thank all who posted memories of my brother, Handlebar Rick. He was always just a phone call away. Things change, and I must accept these...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Paton - Lima, OH - Sister

“Rick You will always be in my heart no matter what... I will always love & miss you so very much!!!! I will miss you being around the hose it is not...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Angie Dombek - Wapakoneta, OH

“Handlebar Rick will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a great influence on my recovery and I have learned a lot...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Debi Williams - Lima, OH - Friend

“Frank and I will miss you.... ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: judith Bozman - Rushsylvania, OH

“Rick helped scores of people both directly and indirectly with his infectious exuberance for recovery & service. A steadfast voice of reason, he...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Suzanne Welham - Cincinnati, OH

“My prayers and sympathy to all of Handle Bar Ricks family!! (Blood & Similarities) Rick, I am very happy for you! You finished the race in the...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Clete - St. Henry, OH

“I will miss Handlebar. I am thankful for all the history he taught and discussed with me about the program. Many blessings and much love to your...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Betsy Williamson - Piqua, OH

“I surely will miss that smile. He was a man of humility and he was an inspiration to many but would never want any credit for it! That speaks volumes...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Nanci Kay - Chicago, IL - Friend

“Loved you like a brother and admired your dedication to carry the message to help others. RIP ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Ed Crum - Dayton, OH - friend

“Fred was a good person.Like everybody else in this world he had his flaws but I still respected the man for what he said to me one day at Walmart,he...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Chet Sosby - Jackson Center, OH

“Condolences from Cousin Ralph Swaney. (Lloyd Swaney's oldest son) ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Ralph Swaney - Lima, OH

“Our prayers of comfort and peace for Rick's family and friends.We will miss Rick very much, but we have our wonderful memories of all Rick shared...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Jim and Jorjann Chezem - Loveland, OH

“Another angel got his wings. Thinking of you and the family. Prayers for all. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Becky Ritchie - Wapakoneta, OH

“This is a great loss to the anonymous community in this area. The to help others with their disease was his passion. No one could probably count the...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Marlene S., OA - Lima, OH

“So very grateful that Rick was my friend and helped me throughout the years. We shared many laughs along the way. I'm a friend of Lois W. but Rick...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Toni G - Russell's Point, OH

“Rick inspired me to do more with my life. He taught me to pass it on and stay active, He is a great example of an "elder statesman." Lastly he taught...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: hank schmitz - dayton, OH

“A great and humble friend. Rick was one to keep me in balance, and always one to think of the other person. A loving historian, collector of all...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Mark Everett - Lebanon, OH

“My prayers are with yo Missy,Ben and John. He was a very good father and a very good man. He was very proud of his bricklaying craft and did it with...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Marvin Foote - Fort Wayne, IN

“To all of us who loved and will miss Handlebar,We can celebrate, for our friend is home. He made it!!! We will miss him; but our memories of his...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: DIANE LANGE - Friend

“I've known Rick since I moved to the area in 1998. Handlebar was one of the very first people to welcome me into the local community with open arms....Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Scott Frey - New Bremen, OH


Of Wapakoneta, died on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:05 A.M. at the St. Rita's Medical Center of Lima. He was born on September 20, 1949 in Lima, the son of the late Orlo and Phyllis (Evans) Swaney. He is survived by a special friend Angela Dombek, his children Benjamin (Amy) Swaney of Jackson Center, Melissa (Mike) Lane of Botkins, and Jonathon Foote of Jackson Center, ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister Susan (Chris) Paton of Lima. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin daughters Angie and Tangie.

Handle Bar Rick was a friend of Dr. Bob and Bill W., and was a mentor to many others over the course of his adult life. He was a brick layer for over 40 years, and retired from Ferguson Construction of Sidney.

Memorial Services will be held at the Harvest Baptist Church, 1301 Navajo Trail, Wapakoneta, on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00 P.M, with Pastor Tony Dirr officiating. Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. and 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen, and condolences to the Swaney family can be left online at