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Frank Swan

June 19, 1931 ~ March 2, 2021 (age 89)


Frank William Swan, age 89, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2021. Frank lived his childhood life on the farm in Oakville, Iowa, and was the proud son of Frances and Harold Swan. His love of baseball started as a youngster and it led him to play ball at Iowa State. After graduating, Frank moved to Chicago and began his 58 years in the meat business. Early in his career,  he and his partner,  Frank Vaia, started Nationwide Beef on Fulton Street and became a force in the industry. In the following years, he formed companies specializing in both pork and the "best ever" corned beef.  Along with his work, Frank was a passionate golfer, skeet shooter, lifelong dedicated White Sox fan, and a loyal friend to many.  He and Sue Sue loved their many travels, Standard Poodles, and loyal companion Honeybun. 

Frank was President of the Oak Brook Breakfast Club, was a major part in raising money to build Christ Church of Oak Brook, co-chaired the fundraising project to rebuild Union Church of Hinsdale and in 1982, became Board Chairman of the Hinsdale Community House, where he met the love of his life Sue Sue. He was a member of the Chicago Golf Club and a President of the Hinsdale Golf Club. Frank was also a devoted member of his beloved Friday morning Bible study group. 

Frank was preceded in death by his two brothers Roger and Roy(his hero). He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sue, and her children Stacy (Chris) Carlstead and Scott Smith; sister Colleen Sethrie; and daughters Sheryl (Charles) Travis and Cynthia Swan. Frank was a proud grandfather to Sandy, Jamie, Cooper, Sarah, Elizabeth, Sam, Kit, Annie, and Audrey.

 A virtual memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at 11 am. Please use the following link to attend.

In memory of Frank, donations may be made to Evans Scholar Foundation, 2501 Patriot Blvd. Glenview, Il. 60626

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Memorial Service
March 10, 2021

11:00 AM

Video is available for this event

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