JOHN THOMAS SWATKO, 84, of Arthur, IL passed away at 3:30 A.M. on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at his residence.
John was born on November 19, 1932 in Homestead, PA. He was the son of Gazzella (Baksi) Swatko. He married Diane Binner on November 14, 1980 in San Diego, CA.
He is survived by his wife Diane Swatko of Arthur, IL, three children, Krista Whelan and her husband Ryan of Petersburg, IL, Faith Renna and her husband Robert of Bethlehem, PA and John Cox and his wife Carrie of Mobile, AL, and five grandchildren, Kevin and Jessica Renna and Ammon, Nathaniel and Shannara Cox.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
John was a Navy Veteran of the Korean War.
John was a very quiet man; he didn’t like to get out much. Although when he did, he enjoyed going to symphonies and concerts at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign. He loved classical music, movies, computers, science and social studies; he knew everything about the civil war.
He retired as a building supervisor from Torrey Pines Elementary school in Torrey Pines, CA with over 20 years of service.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arthur Lions Club.