Dennis J. Swartz, age 65, of 136 Powell Road, Butler, PA, formerly of 91 Plum Street, Greenville, PA passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at home of complications of brain cancer. 

He was born In Greenville on July 24, 1953 to Russell and Marie (McCann) Swartz.  Denny was employed by Greenville Steel Car followed by Trinity Industries.  During layoffs he was quick with a drink and a smile at several local watering holes where he bartended. He was an ardent outdoorsman and lover of music, he spent many an evening enjoying his Merle Haggard collection. He loved his Pittsburgh sports teams, and was quick to tell you what the players and ownership had messed up to prevent a championship. He loved traditional country music and the Grateful Dead, but was always looking out for new bands that would catch his ear. A lifelong fitness fanatic, he ran 6 miles prior to going to the emergency department where he obtained the diagnosis that took his life. He was an excellent story teller, and wouldn’t let the fact that you’d heard the story multiple times dissuade him from telling it passionately. He loved the movie Lonesome Dove, and you knew were a close friend if he called you a name from the movie.  He loved life, and was happiest sitting by a fire with a cocktail in his hand, listening to music, laughing with his friends.  A lover of a good time, his motto was that he would enjoy his part of whatever was going around.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Denny is survived by a son, Matthew Swartz of Greenville; a daughter, Sherry Adams and her husband Andrew of Butler, his former wife Christina Huhn of Greenville, 3 grandchildren, Jasmin Randall, Avery Adams, and Austin Adams, all of Butler, three sisters; Martha Palm of Greenville, Joan Aug of Luther, MI and Mary Rushmore and her husband Martin of Jamestown, three brothers; Levern Swartz and his wife Sis, John Swartz and Regis Swartz and his wife Patricia, all of Greenville, as well as many nieces and nephews, who will all greatly miss their uncle Den.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Charlotte Wade.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenville High School Athletic Department, 9 Donation Rd., Greenville, PA 16125.



  1. Bunny Bunny
    February 13, 2019    

    Rest Peacefully my dear friend. Thanks for the memories & laughter over many years. You will be missed
    Much Love

  2. Jill Jill
    February 13, 2019    

    Den I will remember fondly your singing voice, your head tilt and how you took a chance and loaned Regis and I money 40 years ago. Soar high with the Angels.

  3. Laurada Laurada
    February 13, 2019    

    You well be missed by so many friends . You had such a kind heart and free spirit. Loved all the fun and kindness you give me .love

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 13, 2019    

    Such a sweet guy….loved his stories…..loved when he sang Johnny Cash. You will be missed. Rest easy my friend. ……love always steg and Karen

  5. Mike Castiglione Mike Castiglione
    February 13, 2019    

    Rest easy Shape.

  6. Apryl Dickens Apryl Dickens
    February 13, 2019    

    Rest Easy, Denny. Your laugh, stories, and wonderful personality I will always remember. *cheers*

  7. Slick McKay Slick McKay
    February 13, 2019    

    About 50 years of memories and stories. We had too much fun sometimes.I ‘ll be catching up to you.I remember you bragging to us guys about a real good looking girl you were just starting to date
    (Chris by Larry Murrins tree cabin.The last time we were together was in your garage with the friend you went to Montana with. You are going to be joining quite a cast of characters of our friends now.I hope Sparky got those 2 pictures to you so you had 1 good last laugh with me.

  8. Dawn Boyles Dawn Boyles
    February 13, 2019    

    So sorry to hear this news. He was a great father.

  9. Max Schang Max Schang
    February 13, 2019    

    I will miss Denny. We grew up together and I’ve known him all my life . A lover of life,music and the good times with friends. He was a good guy with a great laugh I will always remember. I hope he’s up there playing a song with Merle. I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences to the Swartz family.

  10. Bunmi Bunmi
    February 13, 2019    

    I am really sorry for the loss of your family member dear to you. But it is heartwarming to learn that God feels for you and he longs for the time when he will bring back to life your loved ones sleeping in death  according to Job 14:14,15. Until that time,  may God of all comfort be able to comfort your entire family  during this difficult time.

  11. Steve Steve
    February 13, 2019    

    RIP Denny! You will be sadly missed by all and I’m glad I got to know you personally instead of my foreman@ Trinity!

  12. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 13, 2019    

    Sheriff Johnson,
    An old woman taught me how to fly.
    Blue Duck
    How many, Shape?

  13. Scott Carpenter Scott Carpenter
    February 13, 2019    

    Denny was one of the great ones!! I remember taking Denny to Conneaut Lake on our boat to ski and go tubing. . The boat was named Mom’s OK . For 50 years every time I would make the trip back to Greenville to visit my friends which In included Denny, the first thing he would always do when he saw me was get a big smile on his face ,then nod his head and say to me Mom’s OK . Then came a big laugh. I always New he really appreciated the trips to the lake . I will miss seeing him and having that exchange of friendship. It meant
    a lot to me as well. Sorry I can’t be there to say goodbye.
    Moms’s OK Denny Scott Carpenter

  14. Molly Molly
    February 13, 2019    

    I’ll miss you Denny! Every memory I have with you in it is a good one!

  15. Robin Mink Reimold Robin Mink Reimold
    February 13, 2019    

    Sending my sincere condolences to Matt and the entire family.

  16. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 13, 2019    

    Den, you leave behind a great legacy in our tiny part of the world. Your will be sadly missed by all who knew you. RIP doda doda do. Love JP and Terry

  17. Doug and Mernee Doug and Mernee
    February 13, 2019    

    Made a few trips to the river and had a few brews with as I called him Hymie and Couchie. I enjoyed the years he ran track with for me. Theres a place up there for you the gitar and your smile. R I P Denny. Coach Mac

  18. Anonymous Anonymous
    February 13, 2019    

    To one of the best men I’ve ever met in my 67 years. The next time I see you will be in heaven.Will cherish my memories for always of our great adventures together! Rest in peace, blessings, Robin and Doug

  19. Sandy McClimans Sandy McClimans
    February 13, 2019    

    I remember the last time i saw you. At the memorial for Jack Lewis. You can over where we wete sittting and started singing a Johnny Cash song. You will be missef by all who caref for you.

  20. Mary Digregorio-Winner Mary Digregorio-Winner
    February 13, 2019    

    Truly gracious man…my heartfelt condolences to family and friends, God Bless

  21. Dan Nehlen Dan Nehlen
    February 13, 2019    

    I happen to be at a party one night when out of nowhere I heard “Well I woke up Sunday Morning with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt, and the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad so I had one more for desert” the entire room went silent as he finished that song. It was that night that I feel in love with Johnny Cash and began my journey to learn how to play guitar. But more than anything I gained a verry good friend. I am fortunate enough to have gotten the opportunity to jam with him. Rest easy my friend. Until we jam again.

  22. Brian Pantall Brian Pantall
    February 14, 2019    

    RIP my friend

  23. Kaitlyn Swartz Kaitlyn Swartz
    February 14, 2019    

    My condolences to the family. Rip uncle denny.

  24. David Zuschlag David Zuschlag
    February 14, 2019    

    I am sorry for your loss. I was one of the “Lonesome Dove” gang. Spent many a great day watching the movie with him and taking him to Penn State football games. Will be missed.

  25. Terry Faye Mohr Terry Faye Mohr
    February 15, 2019    

    I will miss seeing you Denny You’ve been a friend for a long time so there’s alot of good memories to keep you around with all of us. And yes, you, I’m sure will me one of our topics drinking out by the fire where ever we are. Sorry, I couldn’t make it tonight but too sick. You will always be remembered.

    Sherri, I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. My heart bleeds with yours. Remember the good and know that he is up there watching over you and your children. Until you meet again………….

  26. Ilene Ayers Ilene Ayers
    February 15, 2019    

    So sorry to hear about Dennis he was a great man always had that big smile when I would wave or say Hi. Remember him playing his guitar on the deck. It was always fun times on Plum St. My sympathy to all of you Matt, Chris. Sherry my deepest sympathy to you little girl I remember playing games and reading with you.. Sweet gal so sad you had to loose you father at such a young age. he was so full of life. I will keep you in my prayers Sherry. affectionately Ilene

  27. Jim Straub Jim Straub
    February 15, 2019    

    God’s speed to all of Denny’s family and peace be with you all, may he rest in peace!

  28. JayDart JayDart
    February 16, 2019    

    What a beautiful funeral. Touched by Vern’s words.
    I will miss you everyday my friend.

  29. Tam Tam
    March 7, 2019    

    Songs and guitars, fires and the river… So many wonderful memories of an incredible friend. Thanks for all the fun times and for being there when I needed someone to lean on. Denny will always have a special place in my heart. One more then we’ll all go! xxxooo

  30. Daniel Flaherty Rochester ny Daniel Flaherty Rochester ny
    April 22, 2022    

    Just hearing about this. He was a great man, The only problem when I saw him was we laughed too much.Sorry for your loss Sherry and matt. Love you shape, and say hello the the junk man

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