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Vurtis Owen "V.O." Swank

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Jan. 16, 1939 - Nov. 27, 2013 WALKERTON - Vurtis Owen "V.O." Swank, 74, of Walkerton, IN, passed away at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2013, in his home. He was born on January 16, 1939, in Union Township, St. Joseph County, IN, to the late Wilber and Eleanor (Howey) Swank. He was united in marriage in Osceola, IN, on October 2, 1965, to the former Karen Sue Wood. Mr. Swank is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Karen S. Swank; daughter, Jennifer Fry of Walkerton, IN; three sons, Jeffrey (Erika) Swank of Nappanee, IN, Kenneth (Angela) Swank of North Liberty, IN, and Benjamin (Melinda) Swank of Walkerton, IN; eight grandchildren, Iris Fry, Rex Fry, Ananda (Brian) Russell, Shanell Swank, Henry Paterson, Aiden Swank, Taylor Swank and Jordan Swank; and two great-grandchildren, Abel and Hudson Russell. He is also survived by four nieces, Anita Williams, Carolyn Crouch, Marilyn Reel and Jean Cambell; nephew, Robert Grubbs; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families. His parents and a sister, Virginia Grubbs, preceded him in death. Mr. Swank lived most of his life in Walkerton. He graduated from Lakeville High School in 1958. He attended Purdue University and retired in 2000 as an engineering technician at Honeywell after thirty-five years of service. He was a Marshall County 4- H leader for thirty years. He loved camping, genealogy, and was a Civil War enthusiast. He was a master gardener and loved gardening. His decisions were always based around his family's needs and values. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2013, in the Palmer Funeral Home, 314 S. Michigan St., Lakeville, IN. Graveside services and burial will follow at Bremen Cemetery, Bremen, IN. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Contributions in memory of Vurtis Owen "V.O." Swank may be offered to Marshall County 4-H, 112 W. Jefferson St., Room 304, Plymouth, IN 46563; or to The Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Online condolences may be sent to
Published in South Bend Tribune on Nov. 28, 2013
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Palmer Funeral Homes - Lakeville Chapel
314 South Michigan Street Lakeville, IN 46536
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