MOUNT VERNON — Thomas Kellan Swihart, 19, of Mount Vernon, passed away with his brother by his side. He was born on Aug. 30, 1999, in Columbus, the son of Thomas Kelley Swihart and Heather Dawn (Smith) Beeman.

Kellan was a 2018 graduate of the Knox County Career Center where he studied welding. He was a member of the Fredericktown High School football, wrestling and track teams. He was also a proud member of the F.F.A. of Fredericktown. Kellan was currently working at Unique Custom Furniture in Fredericktown.

Kellan enjoyed believing he could be the ultimate survivalist on any television show. He had the brain of a genius, skill of a master apprentice, the strength of Goliath, heart of a lion and the hug of a panda bear who always had a smile on his face. Kellan will also be remembered for his unforgettable laugh.

Kellan is survived by his mother; a brother, Tate Kelley Swihart of Mount Vernon; grandparents, Thomas Swihart, Tim and Debbie Smith and Michelle Lamb; great-grandmother, Gladys Horne; aunts and uncles, Matt and Laura Jane Matheny, Wade Smith, Pam and Duane Van Horn, aunt Jenny Johnstone, Mitchell and Susie Simpson, Bo and Betty Swihart and Ron and Jeane Horne. He is also survived by many cousins and extended family. He is survived by his best friend, Christian Kopina; friends, Cody Kopina, Jacob Hinger, Christian Wiles, Austin Beaver, Justin Pursel, Mason Talbott, Brandon Davis, Xavier Stallard, Mitch Hurlbutt, Billy Coss, Preston Coss, David Marshall, Austin Dickerson, Newt Davis, Anthony Miray, Baylee Musser, Brody McMahon, Dillon Watson, Jaci Bywaters and Ashley Stacy.

He was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Noa Beth Swihart; and paternal grandmother, Erlene Swihart.

The family will observe a public memorial service for Kellan when his brother Tate is able to attend. The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is handling arrangements for the family of Thomas Kellan Swihart.

Memorial contributions in Kellan’s name may be made to the Fredericktown Athletic Department or the Knox County Career Center welding department.

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The family would like to extend a thank you to the first responders and medical team for everything they have done to help the Swihart family.


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