|Lyle Eugene "Gene" Swank, age 70, of Abingdon, died at 4:46 pm Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born on January 7, 1943 in Galesburg, the son of Harry L. and Virginia R. (Derry) Swank. He married Barbara Jean Finch. He later married Belinda Carter.
Gene is survived by his mother, Virginia Swank of Abingdon, four sons, Roger (and Becky) Swank of Abingdon, Mike Swank of Abingdon, Roy (and Sharon) Swank of Abingdon, and Jeff Swank of Nichols, Iowa; one brother, Duane (and Viola) Swank of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Jane (and Sam) Stine of Hollywood, California; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, one brother, and two grandchildren.
He worked at the Abingdon Pottery and later at Admirals in Galesburg. He also helped his dad farm. He was a member of the Berwick Baptist Church. His hobbies included junking and working on cars. Gene always was willing to help people in need by taking them into his home.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, February 25, 2012 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. Rev. Tom Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in Meridian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Monday at the chapel.
Memorials may be made to the family. Following the burial at the cemetery, everyone is invited to join the family for a luncheon at the Abbe Lanes Restaurant in Abingdon. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.