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Obituary for John W. Swanke

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John W. Swanke

August 18, 1947 - March 18, 2014

South Weber- John W. Swanke, 66, passed away at McKay Dee Hospital on March 18, 2014. John was born August 18, 1947 to Stanley John Swanke and Shirley E. Smith. He married Daneen Wayman February 14, 1983 in Ogden, Utah.

John went to Ogden High School 1965. Weber State in Sheet Metal Aircraft program. He served in the Air Force Reserve in 1967. John retired from H.A.F.B. after 38 years in 2004; where he worked on the F4’s and then F4 TCG where he had a great option to travel to many foreign countries. He belonged to Ogden Gun Club, Mount Ogden 4 Wheelers, Treasure & Historian, Northern Utah Bass Anglers Association- President and Vice President.

John held a lifetime Hunting and Fishing License. He enjoyed gambling, golf, hunting, fishing, camping, riding ATV’s, and socializing with friends around the camp fire.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Cee Jay He is survived by his wife Daneen Swanke; Daughters: Darri (Dennis) Burton, Dixie (Michael) Meindl, and BreAnna (Jeff Terkelson) Wayman. Brothers: David (Ruby), Scott (Hollie). Sisters: Leslie (Jim) Fergus, Sue (Darrell) Rose, Nancy (Mark) Hansen. Brother-in-law: Chuck (Anna) Connery. Sister-in-law: Leslie (Bo) Connery, and 15 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at Leavitt’s Mortuary 836 36th Street, Ogden, UT.

Viewing services will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Final viewing Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Interment services starting at 11:00 a.m.

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Date: Friday, March 21, 2014

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403


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Born: August 18, 1947
Died: March 18, 2014

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Bobby Berger posted on 3/21/14

John Swanke had an unassuming, easygoing manner that could put people at ease in a busy setting—such as large family gatherings where I imagine we all sometimes felt a little uncertain about who everybody was as our extended families grew larger. John always made a special effort to make the rounds thoroughly on such occasions, quietly greeting everyone and making sure that everybody felt welcome. I always regarded him as an apt companion for Daneen, my first cousin once removed, for they both seemed to share an inner calmness that one could strongly sense. It is hard to believe that John is no longer with us. I feel that my father, Bob Berger, my sister, Tawni (Ralph) Porter, and my brother, Butch (Syd) Pryor, will not mind if I take it upon myself to extend our family's condolences and to offer our regrets for our absence from the services, as our schedules unfortunately disallowed our attendance. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you. (Rest in peace, John.)


Colleen Johnson posted on 3/21/14

Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of John. I worked with him for many years in the F-4 TCG and enjoyed him very much. So sorry for your loss.