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George Henry 'Hank' Swain, 95, Brown County

George Henry "Hank" Swain died Monday, March 3, 2014, at home.

He was born Dec. 4, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo., the son of George Henry and Elizabeth Hardy Swain. He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1936 and attended Indiana University. A Quaker pacifist, he spent years during World War II in camps for conscientious objectors, performing conservation labor for the government.

He married Margaret "Mardi" Coman on May 10, 1946. He and Mardi came to Brown County in 1947. Hank operated Brown County Builders for 35 years, building 53 homes, most of his own design.

He was a founding member of the Brown County Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed serving on several community boards, including the Brown County Office Building and public library building committees. He served on the Board of Zoning Appeals and was active in revising the county land use plan.

He volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem child advocate. He was active in the League of Women Voters, and served a term on the Brown County Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees. As both a participant in and an observer of his community, he was often a moderating force on divisive community issues.

Retirement granted him time to pursue writing, resulting in three published books. He was a featured columnist for Our Brown County magazine from its inception in 1995, and a frequent guest columnist for the Bloomington Herald-Times.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Coman Swain; and five daughters, Christanne (Gene) Traxler of Sharpsville, Davida (David) Kean of Nashville, Lesilyn (Robert) Neely of Bloomington, Sylvia (Steve) Shroyer of Nashville and Gwenyth Swain (Vince Dolan) of Holliston, Mass. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Tess Kean of Columbus, Zoe Kean of Nashville, Nicholas Traxler of St. Paul, Minn., Adrienne Traxler of Miami, Fla., Hannah McCuiston of Louisville, Ky., Luke Neely of Bloomington, Alexander and Amelia Shroyer of Bloomington, and Helen and Henry Dolan of Holliston, Mass. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren.

He willed his body to the Indiana Anatomical Society. A memorial meeting and celebration conducted by the Bloomington Friends (Quaker) meeting will be conducted Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at the Brown County Public Library, lower level, 205 Locust Lane, Nashville.

Memorial donations can be made to the Henry and Mardi Swain Library Fund through the Brown County Community Foundation.

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  • August 29
    Watermelon fundraiser on Village Green
    1 to 4 p.m. Village Green, Main and Jefferson streets
  • August 30
    Golf scramble to benefit BCHS athletics set
    1 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • August 30
    Mission trip presentation at Fruitdale church
    2 p.m. Midway Church,
  • September 3
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane