Saturday, December 20, 2014



Charles Fredrick Swank, 92, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2013, in New Mexico.

Cremation is planned and no memorial services will be held at this time.

Charles was born April 7, 1921, east of Ottawa, Kan. He was the son of Henry Russell and Ruth Gladys (Curtis) Swank.

He moved with the family to Princeton in 1943, where he farmed. He attended school at Latimar.

He went on wheat harvest where he met Mildred Palmateer in Littleton, Colo. They were married Aug. 4, 1957, at the home of his father in Princeton. Together they ran a restaurant in Littleton until Mildred’s health caused them to move to Gallup, N.M. She preceded him in death March 3, 1983. He worked for the New Mexico State Highway Patrol Department for several years.

He married Amanda Jane Cole July 3, 1983, in Gallup, N.M. She survives of the home. Preceding him in death were his parents Henry and Ruth Swank; two brothers, Robert Earl killed in World War II in Sicily and George H., who was killed in an automobile accident.

Survivors are his wife, of the home; four daughters, Deborah Ann Smith, Gallup, N.M., Vickie Lynn Garrett, Gallup, N.M., Mary Lee, Puebelo, Colo., and Melissa Cole, Gallup, N.M.; three sons, Melvin Gsell, Hedgesville, W.Va., John Gsell, Martinsburg, W.Va., and Larry Gsell, Martinsburg, W.Va.; one brother, Roy Edgar, Ottawa; three sisters, Flora Edith Montague, Irene Tinsley and Louise Hamilton and husband, Dean, all of Ottawa; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He loved to farm and liked to go to tractor shows and will be missed by his family and friends.

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