|Charles E. Swegle, 85, of 906 Iowa St., East Galesburg, died at 11:51 a.m. Monday, July 12, 2010 in OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.
He was born on January 21, 1925 in Galesburg to Ira Thomas and Ruth Mae Blair Swegle. He married Shirley Jean Comstock on August 3, 1944 in Galesburg. Later he married Marilyn Ulm Wilson on November 25, 1978 in Galesburg. She survives.
Charles is also survived by a son, Charles Thomas (and Sylvia) Swegle of Sherrard, Ill.; two daughters, Susan Kay (and Rick) Welty of Galesburg and Kathy Ann (and Tim) Joannides of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two step-sons, Randy (and Debbie) Wilson of Galesburg and Scott Wilson of Bloomington, Ill.; one step-daughter, Candi (and John) Moulton of Galesburg; a sister, Betty Lou (and Dale) Page of Peoria, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Eric Swegle, Jonathan Swegle, Megan Welty, Adam (and Debbie) Welty, Andrew Joannides, Kyle Moulton, Johna Moulton, Leanna Wilson and David Wilson; three step-grandchildren, Chris Joannides, Angela (and Chad) Joannides-Schamber and Nick (and Courtney) Joannides; and four step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Teri Lynn Swegle on July 9, 1966; a sister, Helen Hough; an infant brother, Robert Swegle; and his parents.
Charles served in the US Navy on the USS Monticello during World War II. He was a proud participant in the April 2010 Quad-Cities Honor Flight program.
He was a railroad conductor for the former C, B & Q Railroad and Amtrak for 35 years, retiring in 1985.
He was a member of Grace Anglican Church and the Alpha Lodge, A.F. and A.M where he was a Past Master. He was a 1942 graduate of Galesburg High School. He enjoyed woodworking and golf. He was a volunteer at the Galesburg Rescue Mission and Women's Shelter.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Grace Anglican Church with Fr. Thomas Janikowski officiating. Masonic services will be presented by the Galesburg Masonic Lodge at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Church. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285. Memorials may be made to the Grace Anglican Church Endowment Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be left at www.h-p-w.com.