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Galen Howard Swank

May 25, 1936 ~ September 13, 2020 (age 84)


Galen Swank, a longtime resident of Modesto, CA, passed away on September 13, 2020 at the age of 84.  Survived by his loving wife Sarah “Roberta” Swank, sons, Patrick Swank & Robert Swank, stepdaughter Pam Shorman & stepson Mike Sidow, 10 grandchildren (Josh, Jason, Brad, Rachelle, Beau, Kristen, Beth, Eric, Nicole, Mark), many great grandchildren & siblings (JoAn, Marilyn & Ron). 

Galen was preceded in death by wife & mother to their children, Geraldine “Gerri” Swank, son, Charles “Chuck” Swank & Linda Swank.  Throughout their marriage, Galen & Gerri lived in California, Kansas, Missouri as Galen made various career changes.  

His final & long-term career was with the USDA as a Federal Meat Inspector/Compliance Officer.  He was very proud of the role he played in maintaining federal standards for meat & poultry.

Galen enjoyed many hobbies, including gardening, whippet racing, music in all forms (including singing, playing records, attending concerts).   He was a devout Christian and attended Shelter Cove Community Church for many years until his health would not allow.  

He was devoted husband, father & grandfather and loved spending time with family & friends.  Many of his great grandchildren took a “walker” ride with him.  

He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. 

A graveside service will be held @ Sylvan Cemetery, Citrus Heights, CA, Saturday, 9/19/20 @ 10 am.

Donations can be made in Galen’s honor to American Diabetes Association. 

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Graveside Service
September 19, 2020

10:00 AM
Sylvan District Cemetery
7401 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610

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