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William F. "Bill" Swank, 75, of Neoga, formerly of Stewardson, passed away at 2:08 a.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at his residence.
Bill was born July 24, 1942, in Shelby County, the son of Floyd and Lorine (Kessler) Swank. He graduated from Stewardson-Strasburg High School and Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor's degree in education and a Master's degree in Administration. Bill married Margaret Ann Lenz, May 31, 1964, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Strasburg. He was a member of the Neoga Grace United Methodist Church and a retired teacher of 36 years for Neoga School District, where he taught math and coached. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, and trap shooting.
Bill leaves his wife, Margaret; three children, Larry (Angel) Swank of Effingham, Cari (Kriss) Fearday of Sigel, Shari (Stan) Fearday of Sigel; one sister, Betty Quast of Plainfield, IL; one brother, John (Glenda) Swank of Washington, IL; and nine grandchildren.
Mr. Swank was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Grace United Methodist Church of Neoga. A funeral service will be held following visitation at 2:30 p.m. in the church with Pastor Todd Krost officiating. Burial will be in the Neoga Memorial Cemetery of Neoga. Memorials may be made to the Baby Fold of Bloomington, IL and the Neoga School District Athletic Department. The Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home of Neoga, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at Swengel-odell.com.
Published on August 16, 2017
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