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Chester Swank

Chester L. Swank, Jr. was born September 23, 1944. The only child of the late Chester and Helen Swank, he was raised in New Cumberland, PA and graduated from Cedar Cliff High School in 1962. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent three years serving, including time in Germany that was a cherished lifelong memory. After returning home, Chet began his career at the PA Department of Commerce, then People’s Drug Store, later moving on to United Telephone Company/Sprint. He retired from Sprint in 1998. In 1966, Chet met the love of his life, Eleanor Ann Steele. After just four months, Chet and Ellie were married on October 21. Their son Ty (wife Amy) was born in 1968, followed by daughter Tara in 1973.

In his life, Chet enjoyed fishing, coaching Ty’s Little League teams, watching baseball and golf, listening to music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, watching game shows, searching for the best deals at every store, volunteering at the school and his church, and relaxing in his beloved comfy chair! But perhaps his favorite pastime was telling anyone who would listen about his five grandchildren, whom he loved, spoiled, and bragged about whenever possible. Luke (20), Aidan (19), Maggie (17), Holden (15), and John (15) were the apple of his eye and were fortunate to have had such an amazing Pappy Chet.

Chet took pleasure in simple things-taking drives by the lake in Boiling Springs, a good meal, spending time with his family, and quietly doing what he could to improve the lives of others. He never wanted to be the center of attention, but his generosity and philanthropy have had an impact on many in our community. We ask that you honor his life by spending time with the ones you love, and in lieu of flowers, we encourage donations to his church, St. John Lutheran (P.O. Box 46 Boiling Springs, PA 17007) or South Middleton School District (memo: Activity Fund 135) to benefit BSHS MiniThon for Four Diamonds (4 Academy St. Suite 100 Boiling Springs, PA 17007). A celebration of Chet’s life will be held at 7:00 on Thursday, August 12 at St. John Lutheran Church, 111 Walnut St. Boiling Springs. Visitation will begin at 6:00, and casual dress is encouraged.

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Ellie and family, we are so sorry to hear of Chet's passing, you all have our deepest sympathy, Praying God comforts you in your time of grief.

Charity and Greg Giles Aug 13 2021 12:00 AM

Chet was one for the ages.  He devoted himself to his family, friends and those in need.  A true love who lived a life well lived.  He always had a story to tell and worthy to stop an listen.  One proud papa, "Pap".   A husband in shining armor he was there for Ellie.  It might be following her, the paint, brushes, glitter and cardboard to another church event or community fundraiser.  He was always there to be counted and hold strong for his family.  We grew in knowing him --"Love one another as I have loved you" (Jesus).

Linda Norman Aug 11 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Ellie and family,  I was so sorry to hear about Chet and I am sending you my sincere sympathy.  Chet was hard-working, loved his family unconditionally, was loyal to United Telephone and a friend to all, especially those in need.  Blessings and prayers for all of you.Ann Herr

Ann Herr Aug 10 2021 12:00 AM

Ellie, Ty, Tara, and family...we are so sorry for your loss of Chet. Praying God wraps His arms around you and Comforts all of you with his Peace and Love! Cherish your memories in your hearts and Chet will live with you Forever!  Karen Etter & Terri Holder

Karen A. Etter Aug 10 2021 12:00 AM

I've known Chet since my sister started dating Ty (24-25 years?). I knew the best meat deals at Karns. I knew which diner gave the biggest servings. I even knew his aches and pains. And I knew how much he loved his wife, kids and grandkids. And He loved them A LOT!! He was a good Pap. A proud Pap and he will be missed by many. Until we meet again Pap. Love you❤️. Mooie

Mooie Aug 9 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Ellie & family:Sending our sincerest condolences with Chet's passing. We hope the beautiful memories you have all shared ,carry you through the coming days. Sending you all our love!Melissa, Mike, Kelly, Sophia & Berk

Melissa, Mike, Kelly, Sophia & Berk Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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