Frank Swain was born August 24, 1922 in Corning to Florence (Walton) and Charles S. Swain. He passed away November 25, 2017, at home at the age of ninety-five years, three months, and three days.
Frank was a lifelong resident of Corning and graduated from Corning High School with the Class of 1940. Frank married his high school sweetheart, Patricia (Casey) Swain, while serving in the Army Air Corps in Harlingen, Texas. Five Children were born to bless this union: Patricia M., Julieanne, Mary Patricia, Michael Francis, and James Kevin.
As a 2nd Lieutenant, Frank served during World War II as a navigator in B24 bombers and C47 cargo planes. At the end of the war he was a Physical Training Officer at Wright Patterson Airfield in Dayton, Ohio, which led to a lifelong commitment to physical fitness. Upon returning to Corning, Frank worked for the US Postal Service as a rural mail carrier until his retirement in 1980. He then went on to serve as Bailiff at the Adams County Courthouse for 18 years. He enjoyed working for a variety of other places over the years including: Turner’s Department Store, Lauvstads, Omar Bakery (bookkeeper), Corning Community Schools (bus driver), Lake Icaria (grounds keeper), and Meals on Wheels and CHI Mercy Hospital (volunteer). Frank was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and American Legion OURCQ Post #117.
Frank enjoyed maintaining his yard, gardening, lifting weights, and running. He and Pat took many car and bus trips to visit family and see the country. Frank was grateful to be included in an Honor Flight to Washington, DC and in July 2017 was presented a Quilt of Valor.
Frank is survived by his sons: Mike (Roberta) Swain of Waukee, Iowa and Jim (Susan) Swain of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; daughters: Julie Paul of Strongsville, Ohio and Mary Butler of Pickerington, Ohio; 11 grandchildren: Kevin Paul, Chris Paul, Brian Paul, Erin Butler, Katie McNally, Clayton Swain, Curtis Swain, Kelsi Swain, Kelly Netolicky, Casey Swain and Kathleen Rogers; and 14 great-grandchildren and 3 step great-grandchildren.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, wife Pat, infant daughter Patricia, sister Helen Shatava, and sons-in-law Bill Paul and Jim Butler.