August 30, 1943 - June 17, 2016
Will Swank, 72, formerly of Mechanicsburg, Ohio passed away from his 6 year battle with cancer, Friday, June 17, 2016 in his residence surrounded by his loving family, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Will was born August 30, 1943 in Mechanicsburg, the son of Paul Aaron Swank and Kathryn “Kay” (Broderick) Swank.
He attended Mechanicsburg High School and received his Bachelors Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Will proudly served in the U.S. Army for 28 years and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer. He served in Vietnam being highly decorated including the Air Medal for Heroism, and two Bronze Stars (one for valor). He was also the recipient of a Purple Heart. Following retirement, he enjoyed flying helicopter tours in Hawaii, piloted a DC-4 Carvair for Hawaii Pacific Air, and lastly flying inter-island routes with Mahalo Air. Eventually, he joined the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Hawaii. He then finished his career at FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He was instrumental in developing guidance for runway safety among other projects that keep the flying public out of harm’s way.
Will is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Donna Frost-Swank of Charleston, South Carolina; his son, Colby Swank, also of Charleston; his daughters, Adria Swank of Oklahoma and Jennifer Hammock of Missouri; his 10 wonderful grandchildren along with his many great-grandchildren; his siblings, Sandra (& Skip) Deane, Connie (& Danny) Roberts and Joann (& Al) Evans, all of Urbana, Ohio, Dee Dee (& Dana) Mendenhall of Centerville, Ohio, Judy (& Rob) Kerr, of Universal City, Texas, Debie (& Todd) Watkins of Cable, Ohio and Roger (& Shirley) Swank of Springfield, Ohio; sister-in-law, Ruthie Swank; as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Diana Houchin; and his siblings, Diane Swank and Darwyn “Gus” Swank.
A funeral service to celebrate Will’s life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in the SKILLMAN, McDONALD, & VERNON Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg with Pastor Mimi Ault officiating. The family will receive friends from 11-1 prior to the service. Burial will follow a few weeks later in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com. In-lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
Donna and Family,
Donna, you may not remember me, but I served with both Will and you in Korea, and I was later at Fort Campbell. I was sorry to hear of Will’s passing. He was always a ‘stand-up’ guy and I was proud to have served with him.
A fine officer and good husband, he exemplified the fine traditions of the U.S. Army. I’m sure he helped others as he did me. I myself had lost my medical and was having trouble getting it re-instated. He saw my paperwork, gave me a personal call, asked a few questions, and the problem was soon solved. I’ve never forgotten his kindness.
Donna, I know that no words can ease the loss you feel, but know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers.
Jerry and Alicia Porter
RIP Brother and condolences to the Swank Family.
Ken Chestnut Hillclimber 30
Bruce Grable Hillclimber 32