John Graham Swank

June 28, 1917February 3, 2013

Dr. John G. Swank John Swank has fulfilled his lifelong mission; he has gone to be with his Lord and Savior. There'll be fewer stories told with the flair and grace of our John Swank, and the singing will be missed by all who knew him. Dr. John G. Swank, professor emeritus at the University of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2013 at age 95. John was born in Gary, Indiana and proudly served his country in the US Navy during WW II. Although he held many jobs throughout his life none made him more proud than being an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and teaching in the Communication Department at the University of Indianapolis (1964-1982). He was a long-time member of University Heights United Methodist church and taught Sunday school there for over 30 years. Students of all ages enjoyed his teaching. John earned his bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University; master’s degrees from United Theological Seminary and the University of Michigan and at the age of 76 completed his doctorate in ministry from Trinity Evangelical Seminary. In 1987 he was named an honorary alumnus at the University of Indianapolis, an honor he was so proud of! He was a 50 year member of the Masons, and also a member of Scottish Rite and Shrine. Having lived in northern Indiana and Michigan for a number of years John grew to love hunting and fishing. Known to tell an occasional “fish story” he did catch “the big one” while living in Florida during his retirement. John also enjoyed golf, especially during retirement, playing until age 91. John was an avid fan of University of Indianapolis athletics, even being willing to shout his “suggestions” from the stands. “Throw the bomb” was a favorite during football season! No one could tell a story/joke like John Swank---sometimes he’d get so tickled he’d be laughing before he could deliver the punch line! He will be remembered for his sweet smile, infectious laugh, and sense of humor. John was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor (2004) and wife Margaret (1955) and brothers Harold and Robert. He is survived by daughters JoAnn (John) Canniff and Vicky Swank, dear family friend Sue Willey and furry companions Snoopy and Echo. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to University Heights United Methodist Church or the Greyhound Club at the University of Indianapolis. There will be no calling. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 at 2PM at University Heights United Methodist Church, 4002 Otterbein Ave. Indianapolis, IN. The family will greet friends beginning at noon. The family would like to thank the staff of the Franklin United Methodist Community for their wonderful care and compassion.


  • Celebration of Life Service Tuesday, February 19, 2013

John Graham Swank

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john twarek

March 21, 2013

sending condolences to your family john and jennifer twarek sharon swank's oldest son

James & Melissa Twarek

March 20, 2013

Our condolences from Sharon (Swank) Twarek's family. We would welcome any reconnection with family. Please feel free to contact us.

Rick and Melody (Sweet) Kissling

February 24, 2013

We were students of Professor Swank at UIndy long before it was called that and always remembered his great smile and encouraging, positive attitude. In fact, 3 weeks after we graduated in 1970, he married us.

Over the years we lost track of him but was able to reconnect about 3 years ago to let him know that our marriage was still going strong. We got an immediate and enthusiastic response and we are sure he was as glad to hear from us as we were to hear from him.

Our condolences to Vicki and JoAnn. He will be missed by the many, many people that he touched and taught.

Judith Lewis Moeller

February 20, 2013

Your dad had a way of brightening any and hugs to you.

Bobbi & steve Robertson

February 18, 2013

Much love to Vicky & Sue