Charles R. Swan

September 17, 2020

Charles R. Swan, 78, of rural Frankfort, died September 17, 2020 at Franciscan Health, Lafayette, Ind.  He was born January 6, 1942 in Frankfort, Ind. to Milton L. & Dorothy M. (Kaser) Swan.  He married Sharon Lynn Staley on April 26, 1964 in Mulberry and she preceded him in death on September 9, 2002.

Charlie was a 1960 graduate of Jefferson High School, where he played on the Little Jeff basketball team and he attended ISU.  He retired in 1994 after 32 years with Indiana Bell.  He was a member of the Jefferson United Methodist Church, Frankfort Moose Lodge #7, Eagles Lodge Aerie 976, 35-year member of Walter T. Cohee American Legion Post 12 and was in the National Guard.  Charlie was an avid golfer and sports fan, especially the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs and Purdue Boilermakers.

Memorial donations may be made to Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, c/o Purdue Foundation, 403 West Wood Street, W. Lafayette, IN 47907. Click here to make a donation through the Purdue Foundation Website.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2020 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort, Ind. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Shan Sheridan will officiate. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Out of respect for the health, safety, and comfort of all in attendance, guests will be expected to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Survived by:

1 Son: Tyler S. (Stacey) Swan of rural Frankfort, 2 Daughters: Angela K. (Dave) McCarty of rural Forest and Sarah S. (Carey) Benefiel of Oak Ridge, NC, Sister: Mary D. Swan of rural Frankfort and 8 Grandchildren,

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard ‘Joe’ Swan and Jerry Swan.


Leave your Condolences

18 Condolences for “Charles R. Swan”

  1. Renee Murphy September 18, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Sarah, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!!

  2. Wanda Boyd September 18, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to you Sarah and your family. My God give you strength and comfort in the days to come.

    Wanda Boyd

  3. K-ron September 18, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Tyler and Sarah, I am so sorry for your loss. Loved ” uncle” Charlie!!!! I will really miss him a lot!!!! RIP my friend

  4. Jim & Helen Swan September 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Our condolences to Tyler, Sarah, and Mary. Charlie was a good and gentle man. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  5. Joe Oesterling September 18, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Angie, Sarah, and Tyler our thoughts and prayers are with your Dad and your family. Our families have a lot of connections dating back to Jefferson and Clinton Prairie – which seems like just yesterday. ,While I didn’t know your Dad as well as my parents and some of my siblings, I know he was a great man who raised three incredible kids. God Bless!

  6. Nick Kaser September 18, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    I am so sorry my friend. When dad sent me the news Ashleigh & I are both heartbroken, we were just home over Labor Day. Grandma spoke about Charlie coming by to see her. We are both very sorry we can’t be there with ya’ll but letting you know you are in our thoughts we will be back home again very soon hope to come see ya’ll. We love ya’ll,loved Charlie, take care of Mary. Be with ya’ll soon Nick & Ashleigh

  7. Julie Melton September 19, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Angie, Sarah, Ty and the rest of the family,

    I am so sorry for your loss, your dad was a bright spot in this world and he will be missed greatly. Hugs to all of you!!

  8. Lora (McKee) Esteb September 19, 2020 at 7:56 am


    So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. May God give you the strength to get through this time. Prayers for you and your family.

  9. Charles & Anna Ferguson September 19, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Heartfelt condolences and sympathy for the family. Deeply sorry for the loss of Masonic brother and a good neighbor.

  10. Bob and Jean Mohr September 19, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Angie, Sarah, and Tyler, so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. You may not remember us, but we used to camp and socialize with you when you were younger. We enjoyed camping at your grandpa’s pond. Your dad was always so much fun. Jean also worked with your dad at Indiana Bell. Bob & Jean Mohr

  11. Linda Woodruff September 19, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Tyler and Sarah. Charlie was a great guy. We have many fond memories, and will miss him dearly. Dick and Linda Woodruff

  12. Becky Swan Howe September 20, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Mary & family, we are so saddened to learn of Charlie’s passing. We missed him when Roger & I we’re visiting a month or so ago having dinner with Mary. Charlie was such a favorite of my Dad, Bob Swan. Charlie came into Frankfort often and visited Dad. Mom & Dad had a picture of Charlie getting a bath in a washtub outside the Jefferson farmhouse (during WWII). He was holding onto each side and perhaps 2 years old! Mom & Dad loved that picture. We had Charlie over for dinner his last winter here in Florida. I loved all of his “Swan” stories about our families. He was loved by many and will be so missed. Love to all of you.

  13. Glenda Parnell September 20, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Hi Mary, so sorry to hear about Charlie. I know he was your buddy. I pray for you in your sorrow. I miss all the family.

  14. Mark & Tina Goodnight September 20, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Charlie was a life long neighbor. We will miss him. He would stop to visit when we where out mowing in the summer. Sorry for your loss.

  15. Richard and Grayce Moore September 20, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Condolences to family and friends from Jefferson/Little Jeff Community. God bless!

  16. Phillip and Madonna Gascho September 21, 2020 at 9:09 am

    I knew Charlie when he played basketball at Little Jeff! It wasn’t until we were both at Indiana State that we became good friends. On weekends, we would hitch hike home. We would spend one night at his house and the other at mine, then head back to school! We always had great times! I was thankful to have talked to him a few weeks ago, and we reminisced about old times! As you remember Charlie you will find comfort in all the good times you shared and in the memories that live on! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time! Phil and Madonna Gascho

  17. Larry and Nancy Sumpter September 21, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Charlie became a deep friend on mine during college. We kept in touch with each other and it was always wonderful to meet up with him. Nancy and I will always cherish
    the memories of many years visiting with Charlie and Sherri during the summer months with our young families. Please know that you are in our prayers. God Bless!

  18. Don and Sara Jackson September 22, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Charlie will missed by many. He was a great guy.
    R.I.P. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

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