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Richard L Swangler, Jr.

April 14, 2021

Obituary

Richard L. Swangler, Jr., 

Richie absolutely lived for his cars. He was so proud of his classic '65 Ford Falcon Futura which he showed off at area car shows. He toiled every day at Delran Auto Body Shop, proudly returning damaged cars to their original luster. But, he was really in his glory as her served on many prominent pit crews at area dirt modified race car tracks. His reputation among race track fans and the public at large was as one who was always generous, helpful, funny, compassionate, and know for his gentle, giant heart.  Richard Lewis Swangler, Jr., passed away on April 14, 2021 from COVID 19 complications. He entered this world on August 9, 1960 in Trenton, NJ. He graduated from Merion Center High School in Pennsylvania and afterwards returned as a long-time resident of Burlington. For more than 30 years, he ran the paint shop at Delran Auto Body. He also operated the racing tire franchise at New Egypt Race Track where drivers grew to rely upon his racing expertise. Although it took until later in life, he finally met and married the love of his life, Cheryl Smith Swangler of Burlington in 1998. He was the son of Richard L. Swanger, Sr., (deceased) and Virginia Pisano of Browns Mills, NJ. He is also survived by a daughter, Alexis Swangler (Marc Ferrara) of Burlington and stepsons William Saunders (Tammye), Kansas City, KS and Wesley Saunders (Sarah), Mt. Holly, NJ. His surviving siblings include: Carol Canulli (Frank, dec), Long Neck, DE; George Swangler (Cora), Rew, PA, Susan Miller (Joe) Long Neck, DE. He also leaves his honorary brothers: John Leach (Shirl), Burlington, NJ and Nicholas Leach (Nancy), Penndel, PA. Extended family members include: Mother in law Juanita Smith, of CA; sister in law Karen McCleery (Ron), of CA. Grandchildren include Violet and Ivy Swanger, Angelina Rose, Erynn Mercedez and Cameron Guy Saunders. Nieces and nephews include Kady Lira, (David), Cody McCleery, Jason Clark (Luh) and Jenna Kormann (Eric). He will be sadly missed by his trusty Dachshund companion Storm. A memorial service to Honor and Celebrate Richie's Life will be held at a future date to be announced.

 

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