Creston, Union County, Iowa
September 17, 1987
DONALD SWANK DIES - Lenox
Donald Dean SWANK, 42, of Lenox, died by drowning Saturday, Sept. 12, 1987.
He was born Sept. 6, 1945, in Kellerton, the son of Raymond and Margaret (PACHA) SWANK. He served in the U.S. Army
from 1965 - 1968. He worked for Trost and Swank Tilling at Lenox.
Mr. SWANK is survived by a daughter, Nicky Lynn SWANK; and a step-daughter, Terry PETERSON, all of Chillicothe, Mo.; his
mother, Margaret SWANK of Lenox; two brothers, Merle and Gary SWANK, both of Lenox; a sister, Carolyn WILSON of Clearfield;
and a grandmother, Avis PACHA of Diagonal.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the First Christian Church in Lenox with the Rev.
Jack CUTBIRTH officiating. Burial was at the Rose Hill Cemetery at Mt. Ayr with the Coen-Beaty Funeral Home of Lenox
in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to the family.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2010
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Lenox Time Table
Wednesday September 16, 1987
DONALD DEAN SWANK
Two deaths - both ending in lakes occurred in Taylor County last week. One was
the result of a natural death, and the other, was the result of an automobile
accident. ~ ~ ~ ~
Helen Scott, 71, of Sheridan, Mo., was found dead Tuesday, Sept. 8, near the
dam of Lake of Three Fires State Park north of Bedford. Five days later, the
body of Donald Dean Swank, 42, of Lenox was discovered in an overturned pickup
truck on the edge of Wilson Lake south of Lenox.
The Swank death was attributed to a one-car accident. Information from nearby
residents and possible witnesses indicated that Swank lost control of his 1967
Ford pickup about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. The submerged truck was
discovered at 8:30 a.m. the next morning.
Investigations indicated that Swank apparently lost control of the truck when
it was southbound on a gravel road near Wilson's Lake.
The driver "swerved for an unknown reason," according to the sheriff's report,
and went into a deep ditch, traveled along an embankment, hit a culvert,
rolled on its top and became submerged in water on the edge of the lake. The
driver was pinned inside.
The incident was investigated by the Iowa State Patrol with assistance from
the Taylor County Sheriff's Department.
Lenox Time Table
Wednesday September 23, 1987
OBITUARY ~ DONALD DEAN SWANK
Donald Dean Swank, the son of Raymond and Margaret Pacha Swank, was born
September 6, 1945, at Kellerton, Iowa and passed away September 12, 1987 of
accidental drowning at the age of 42 years and seven days.
On July 20, 1973, he was united in marriage to Virginia Lillie. To this union
were born a daughter Nicky Lynn and a son Daniel Dean.
Don enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 31, 1965 for three years. He took his
basic training at Ft Leonardwood, Mo. He spent the last two years in
Anchorage, Alaska, and was discharged on June 3, 1968.
Possessed of a kind and friendly disposition, he was liked by all who knew
him. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family.
He loved the outdoors and fishing.
Don was preceded in death by his father and one brother-in-law.
He leaves to mourn his loss his daughter Nicky and son Danny of Chillicothe,
Mo.; his mother Margaret with whom he made his home; sister Carolyn and
husband Wayne Wilson of Clearfield; brothers Merle and wife Barb; Gary and
wife Pam; all of Lenox; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and
grandmother Avis Pacha of Diagonal.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 15, 1987, 1:30 p.m. at the First
Christian Church in Lenox with Dr. Jack Cutbirth officiating. Interment was at
Rose Hill Cemetery, Mt. Ayr, Ia.
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