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Robert "Perry" Swank

Obituary for Robert "Perry" Swank

July 4, 1965 - January 13, 2020
Speedway, Indiana | Age 54

Obituary

With the heaviest of hearts, we announce that Robert Perry Patrick Swank (Perry), 54, our most beloved son, brother, uncle, family member and friend, passed suddenly on Monday, January 13, 2020, while at home.

Those who knew Perry, even just a little, lost a piece of their hearts that day as God has called him home.

Perry earned a bachelor's degree in Computer & Information Technology from IUPUI. He worked in the printing industry for decades, most recently for BCT Indiana, where he was respected and repeatedly honored. He was an avid online gamer, which allowed him to stay connected to family and friends no matter how far away they might be.

Perry will be forever missed by his father, Robert L. Swank, his mother, Theresa, brother Ken, sisters Chris and Laurinda, his loving nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many great friends.

Family and friends will be received at the Our Lady of Greenwood Catholic Church, 335 S Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143 on Friday from 10:30 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., followed by a funeral Mass. Burial to follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 435 W. Troy Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46225.

Perry's generosity was unlimited. Therefore, our family requests that in lieu of flowers you make a donation to your favorite charity in Perry's memory.

Build Me a Son, O Lord

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.

Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, "I have not lived in vain."
(Gen. Douglas MacArthur)

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