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GEORGE SWAN

January 24, 1950 ~ June 1, 2012 (age 62)

George Andrew Swan (Swannie), 62, of Hanover Township passed away Friday, June 1, 2012 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Recently diagnosed, he was fighting a brave battle with cancer. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on January 24, 1950, son of the late Henry and Dorothy Kuhl Swan, and grandson of the late Anna and Andrew Kuhl. Swannie’s greatest joys and proudest accomplishments in life were his family and his service to his country. Swannie loved the life he created with his family. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 42 years, Jenys Casterline Swan and daughters Amy (Russell) Wren, Shavertown, Allison (Mike) Dagen, Pittsburgh, and Hillary (Mike) Gasper, Hanover Township. Throughout his life, Swannie’s wife and daughters always knew he could be counted on to do anything for his family. Swannie was a devoted and loving “Pop” to his six grandchildren, Michael and Mackenzie Gasper, Riley Wren, and Bode, Cali and Kai Dagen. Much to his delight, most of his days were spent creating memories with his grandchildren. This not only brought great joy to his life, but theirs as well. He was his family’s hero. Swannie attended GAR high school, leaving at 17 to voluntarily enlist for military service. He proudly served his country from 1967-69 in the Marine Corps, 1st Division Infantry. He was a machine gunner stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam. While he was in Vietnam, he was awarded both a Presidential Citation and a Purple Heart. He was his country’s hero. Swannie received an Associate’s degree from LCCC and attended King’s College. He was employed by the City of Wilkes-Barre for 23 years and the US Postal Service before his retirement. He is also survived by his sisters, Nancy (Alan) Davis, Mary (Tom) Kerpovich and Judy Marasky; sister in-laws Nancy Gittens, Sharon (Frank) Yanulevius, Holly (Luke) Colleran, Cindy (Angelo) DeSanto;, aunts Eleanor Loftus and Ruthie Gavin, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. His family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to everyone who aided in his care, and especially to Dr. Patrick Kilduff who Swannie considered not only as a physician but also as a caring friend. A private family memorial and deserving military service will be held at the Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, on Tuesday, June 5th. Memorial contributions may be made to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, http://www.vvmf.org. One of his favorite Elvis songs was Walk A Mile In My Shoes. It began “You never stood in that man’s shoes, or saw things through his eyes, or stood and watched with helpless hands while the heart inside you dies. So help your brother along the way no matter where he starts, for the same God that made you, made him too, these men with broken hearts” Semper Fi, George “Swannie” Swan. You will be sadly missed and live forever in our hearts and memories.

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