Gladys M. Swank

Gladys M. Swank

Gladys M. (Guiller) Swank, 94, died Friday, November 8, 2013 at Koester Pavilion, Troy. She was born February 14, 1919, near Lewisburg, OH and has lived in Troy since 1994.

Her parents were Louis and Olive (Oler) Guiller. She married Ross B. Swank on March 10, 1940. He preceded her in death in 1999.

She is survived by her 4 children: Dortha (Geoffrey) Hoy of Salisbury, NC; Becky Yannitell of Marion, OH; John (Joyce Braun) Swank of Piqua, OH; and Dan (Joan Roberts) Swank of Troy, OH. Grandchildren are David (Sharon Price) Love of Olympia, WA; Barbara (Steve) Davis, of Marion, OH; and Erin (Mike Wymore) Swank of Aurora, CO. Her great-grand child is Katherine Love of Olympia.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Guiller, and sisters, Ruthanna Root, Zelma June Ott, and Roberta Stahr; and son-in-law, Thomas Yannitell.

Gladys graduated from Eaton High School. She was a member and volunteer for numerous organizations, including PTA, 4-H, First Lutheran Church, Troy; Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg; The Preble Co. Historical Society, and the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. She was instrumental in starting the Head Start Program of Preble County. She served on the board of Lutheran Social Services of the Miami Valley (now Graceworks) and as a precinct official on the Preble County Election board. She worked with her husband in their Lightning Protection Business, Window Company and The Lewisburg General Store.

Visitation will be Monday at Baird's Funeral Home, Troy, from 5-8 pm, with a Service of Remembrance at 7:30 pm, with the Rev. Rick Barnes officiating. The funeral will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, on Tuesday at 11:00 am, with Pastor Brent Cavendish, officiating, with visitation at the church at 9:30 am. Internment will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Lewisburg.

Contributions may be made to Partners in Hope, Troy, OH, the Organ Fund of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, OH or a . Friends may express condolences to the family through Additional photos, and memories can be viewed and shared at

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