Donald E. Swibes
1933 - 2020
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Donald E. Swibes Sr., age 86, of New Lenox, IL formerly of Hammond, IN passed away January 17, 2020. Don was born August 26, 1933 in Parkers Prairie Minnesota. As a young boy he moved to Chicago with his family where he attended Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL. He attended Wright Junior College and received an Associate Degree in Mechanical Drafting. Don always had a love for flying and joined the Air Force Reserves and was subsequently drafted into the Army where he served as a Drill Instructor at Fort Leonard Wood during the Korean War. After serving in the Army he lived in Michigan City, Indiana where he met the love of his life Dolores. Together they raised their six children in Country Club Hills, Illinois and Hammond Indiana. Don was lifelong entrepreneur and ran his own industrial equipment distribution company for almost 30 years until his death. He served his community as a volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts of America and several ministry positions in the Catholic Church, including early formation of the Marriage Encounter program, led men's retreats and was a Eucharistic Minister for many years. Don shared his life with his wife of 39 years, Dolores Byrnes-Swibes and Judith Lundstrom-McMahon for 4 years; and was also preceded in death by his son Mark Swibes. Don shared the final years of his life with Barbara Cruise; and is survived by his children Donald (Mary Beth) Swibes, Bridget (Bill) Epp, John (Brenda) Swibes, Patrick (Leslie) Swibes, and Dolores (Lee) Foster; daughter in law Martha Bergin-Swibes; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews that he loved. Visitation and Funeral Mass took place Saturday January 25, 2020 at St Jude Catholic Church. Interment of cremains and military honors will take place on a later date at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to Special Operations Warrior Fund www.specialops.org and/or EOD Warrior Fund www.eodwarriorfoundation.org/donate in Don's name are appreciated. For more information or to register online go to, www.hickeyfuneral.com or (815) 485-8697

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Published in The New Lenox Patriot on Jan. 30, 2020.
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Funeral Mass
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January 25, 2020
Miss you and your infectious laugh!! Sleep well my dear Uncle and save me a space when I get there!
Sheila and Dave Wyma
January 25, 2020
Don and I both served In the army 1953/1955 as DI'S at same time and be came good friends. He was like my brother and I loved Him, He was full of love for his family without end and was very proud of them all including a couple of Grand sons who are serving in the Military currently of which I heard of their acheivements. Our deepest and sincerest sympathies to all the members of the Swibes Family may uour heavenly Father comfort you all. The Fred schumachers
January 23, 2020
Cynthia and I knew Don through working with him when he was the Samson representative. We always enjoyed being in his company. This is a terrible loss for his family and friends. Don and I both have the love of aviation and it always gave us something to talk about.
Bob & Cynthia Biester
Friend
January 23, 2020
My deepest condolences Don , to you and your family. May he rest in peace. Dave R. T-7
Dave Rodriguez
January 22, 2020
We are so very saddened by this news. Don and Dolores were our mentors 43 years ago when we shared being with them on the Marriage encounter team at St. Victors. We always looked up to them and loved their family. Our sincere condolences and his passing will be a loss to many.
Kathi and Tom Olejnik
Friend
January 22, 2020
when I was Scoutmaster of Troop 216, Don paid for my Wood Badge training course for which I am very grateful. He was my Committee Chairman, and three of his sons were members. Condolences to his family and friends.
Bpb Fasiang
Friend
January 21, 2020
Thanks for your help Don. You made me a better Scout Master.
Bill May
Friend
January 21, 2020
Our prayers and condolences to the Swibes family. We will always remember Mr. Swibes as a sweet & kind man. May he Rest In Peace.
Russell & Nancy Ferber & Family
Friend
January 21, 2020
I have never seen Don without a smile or kind word. I am sure he will be greatly missed, but he taught his family well, and he will live on with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Peace.
Marie Grenchik
Friend
January 21, 2020
Not enough can be said for the love that your brought to my sister, Barbara Cruise. You brought smiles to her heart and an everlasting love to her life. Your great family stories and wonderful way of making others feel welcomed will be missed. May your memory be a blessing to all the lives you have touched in your journey on this earth. You will be missed by many.
Josephine Hine
January 21, 2020
Dear Don, Mary Beth and Family, My deepest sympathy and prayers for peace and comfort go out to all of you. I remember your Dad, so well, from St. Victor Parish. He was a great guy, and wonderful role model, not only for his family, but for all of us whose life he touched. May your Dad Rest In Peace, in the palm of His hand.
Mary Pieczynski
Friend
January 21, 2020
Sending our love and condolences to the Swibes family and friends.
Shannon Dedelow
Friend
January 21, 2020
Rest in Peace my beloved and it I have been privileged to have shared your faith journey... Our story "The Opera Seats" and others. Your love and smile will forever grace my heart.
Barbara Cruise
January 21, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jane Wolan
Teacher
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