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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate express their
 3    sympathies to the family and friends of  Ralph  W.  Swank  of
 4    Lindenhurst, who passed away January 25, 2002; and

 5        WHEREAS, Mr. Swank was born October 29, 1923, in Kenosha,
 6    Wisconsin  to  Lester  and  Jessie  Swank;  he graduated from
 7    DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and  served  as  a
 8    Lieutenant  with  the US Army Air Corps in England and France
 9    during World War II; and

10        WHEREAS, After attending John  Marshall  Law  School,  he
11    joined  his father in business in 1953 at the Swank Insurance
12    Agency, serving as President and Chairman from 1971-2001;  in
13    1979, Mr. Swank founded Statewide Insurance Company, where he
14    continued as Chairman of the Board until his death; and

15        WHEREAS,  Mr.  Swank  was  a life-long Waukegan resident,
16    serving as an alderman, on the  Waukegan  Housing  Authority,
17    and  on the Waukegan Grade School Board; he was a life member
18    of the Waukegan Yacht  Club,  a  member  of  the  Glen  Flora
19    Country Club, and a member and past president of the Waukegan
20    Exchange  Club;  Mr.  Swank  was  also  a member of the First
21    United Methodist Church of Waukegan; and

22        WHEREAS, Mr. Swank will be deeply missed by  his  friends
23    and  family,  especially  his  wife of 55 years, Mildred; his
24    brother, Dr. Lee Swank; his sons, Ralph  Jr.  (Betsy),  Bryan
25    (Mary),  Wayne (Sheila), Jay (Betty), Rodrick (Alice), Darryl
26    (Kim) and Stuart (Annette); his daughters, Susan  Martin  and
27    Marianne;  and  his  18 grandchildren and one great-grandson;
28    therefore, be it

30    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the death of
31    Ralph  W.  Swank  and  extend  our sincere condolences to his
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 1    friends and family; and be it further

 2        RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be sent
 3    to his wife, Mildred Swank.

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