Peter J. Swank

NEW BERN - Peter J. Swank, 77, of New Bern, NC went to be with the Lord on November 29th. Born in Pottsville, PA, the son of the late Peter and Mary (Mellon) Swank. Peter graduated from Gilberton, PA High School in 1954, enlisted in the military service and proudly served as a US Army Paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY, and Augsburg, Germany. Following his honorable discharge, he was awarded the Cold War Certificate of Recognition by the US Dept. of Defense.

Swank earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Kutztown, PA State College and a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Seton Hall University in 1965. In New Jersey he served as a teacher, a counselor, a Director of Student Personnel Services, and President of the NJ Association of College Admission Counselors. He retired in 1992.

Following retirement from education, he acquired a successful fast food business in Bordentown, NJ.

After relocating in New Bern he remained active in community affairs. Swank was an office volunteer at New Bern Civic Theater and the First Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Citizen Volunteer Program with the New Bern Police Dept., past president of the Fairfield Harbour Twilight Golf League, treasurer of the Craven County Republican Men's Club, a member of the American Legion Post 24 of New Bern, and served on the Board of Directors of the Navy League of the United States. He enjoyed membership in the 11th Airborne Division Assoc., as well as the Association's Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

Peter's remains have been donated to the Brody School of Medicine in Greenville, NC.

He is survived by his wife Ruth, his sons Dr. Gregory Swank and Tammy of Granite Falls, NC, Jonathan Swank and Kimberly, their three daughters, Courtney, Madison and Lauren of Woodland Park, CO, Pete's brother, Dr. Michael Swank, and sister Marilyn Moran, her husband John, sons Ronald and Michael Oswald and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 400 New Street on Friday, December 6 at 11 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the United Hospice of New Bern, 810 Kennedy Avenue, New Bern, NC 28560.

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Published in Sun Journal from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, 2013