John Adam Swez, 76, of Terre Haute, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. He was born on Nov. 18, 1941, in Cleveland, Ohio, to John Andrew Swez and Suzanne Kochman Swez.
John and his parents moved to northeastern Pennsylvania when he was six years old. The family owned and operated a dairy farm for which John was so especially proud. He graduated from Forest City High School in 1959.
John earned his bachelor's degree in physics and his graduate degrees in biophysics from the Pennsylvania State University at University Park.
John and his wife Judith, "Judy," were married on Sept. 11, 1965, in Pittsburgh, and she survives. John, Judy and their infant daughter moved to Terre Haute in August 1967. John served as a faculty member in the Department of Physics at Indiana State University for over 40 years and retired in December 2007. He was an enthusiastic and much-liked teacher. He was also director of the ISU Radiation Lab for 18 years. Following his retirement, he taught part-time at ISU and later at Ivy Tech Community College, since he still enjoyed being actively involved with students. His last classes at Ivy Tech were until May 2016.
John is also survived by his daughter, Teresa Cosgrove and husband Fred of Tennessee; his son, John Swez and wife Beth of North Carolina; his son, Mark Swez of South Carolina; and his daughter, Karen Carr and husband Curtis of Ohio. John leaves behind seven grandchildren, Adam, Emily, Zachary, Samuel, Kiersten, Heidi and Sawyer. He was preceded in death by his parents.
John was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He belonged to many professional and social organizations over the years. He enjoyed a variety of interests and hobbies in his lifetime. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Per John's wishes, cremation was chosen and there are no local services. Roselawn Funeral Home assisted with the arrangements. There will be a celebration of John's life planned for this summer at a coastal location. At a future date, family and friends will be invited to gather at Our Lady of Seas Catholic Church in Buxton, North Carolina. This will be followed by a final sending of the ashes of John, Judy and their beloved yellow Labs, Ryder and Lazlo, off the coast in the Atlantic Ocean by Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton.
For those who desire, memorial donations in John's name may be made to the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at:
Published on January 26, 2018