Richard Allen (Dick) Swavely

June 16, 1926—Oc­to­ber 24, 2018

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Richard Allen “Dick” Swavely, 92, of State Col­lege, died Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24, 2018, at Cen­tre Crest.

Born June 16, 1926, in Pottstown, PA, Dick was the son of the late Rus­sell A. and Edna Frech Swavely. Grow­ing up, he en­joyed swim­ming, tennis and play­ing trum­pet in sev­eral dance bands. Mu­sic was a big part of his life. He en­joyed all the fa­mous band lead­ers of his day at Sunnybrook Ball­room. He grad­u­ated Pottstown High School in 1944.

Dick served in the Navy dur­ing WWII in the Pa­cific the­ater aboard the USS Lagrange from 1944 to 1946.

Dur­ing his fresh­man year, while at­tend­ing Buck­nell Univer­sity, he met the love of his life, Chris­tine Char­lotte Bea­gle. They mar­ried on Septem­ber 1, 1951 and were hap­pily mar­ried un­til her death in 2007. Both grad­u­ated from Buck­nell in 1952. Later he re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree from Tem­ple Univer­sity.

He is sur­vived by two daugh­ters both of State Col­lege. Karen Swavely Neild Clark with John Clark and Brenda Swavely Vruwink and her hus­band Ken­neth. Eight grand­chil­dren in­clud­ing Julie Neild Howell and hus­band Jonathan; Jen­nifer Neild Fox and hus­band Joseph; Robert Vruwink and wife Tracey; Michael Vruwink and wife Brit­tany; Kim­berly Vruwink Mal­izia and hus­band Michael; Matthew Vruwink; Chris­tine Vruwink; and Ben­jamin Vruwink. Seven great­grand­chil­dren; Dean and Harper Howell; Blaine, Sam­son, Charles and Co­ralie Fox; and Madison Mal­izia. Also sur­viv­ing are two sis­ters, Joyce Yea­ger of Me­chan­ics­burg and Ca­role Need­ham of San Tan Val­ley, Ari­zona.

Dick worked for The Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity for over 30 years re­tir­ing in 1986 as one of the Di­rec­tors of Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion. He briefly worked as the busi­ness man­ager for John Haas Ar­chi­tect. In 1988 he joined Chis in real es­tate, when she opened her own of­fice, work­ing side by side for many years. Dur­ing this time Dick served as Pres­i­dent of the State Col­lege Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Dick en­joyed golf, Penn State foot­ball, tail­gat­ing and tak­ing bus trips to away games. He was a mem­ber of Grace Lutheran Church.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be from 2 un­til 4 p.m., on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28, 2018 at Koch Fu­neral Home, 2401 South Ather­ton Street, State Col­lege.

Fu­neral ser­vice will be at 11 a.m., on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 29, 218 at the fu­neral home with the Rev­erend Scott Schul of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Burial will be in the Cen­tre County Memo­rial Park Mau­soleum.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S Garner St, State Col­lege, PA 16801.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the care of Koch Fu­neral Home, State Col­lege. On­line con­do­lences and sign­ing of the guest book may be en­tered at www.kochfu­ner­al­home.c om or visit us on Facebook.

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