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The Rev. Dr. Terry L. Swarner, Stoneboro, passed away at 5:50 a.m., Monday, June 5, 2017, in Butler Veterans Living Center, Butler, Pa., after a short illness.  He was 65.
Born Sept. 28, 1951, in Grove City, he was a son of Homer G. and Betty I. Baker Swarner.
Dr. Swarner attended Lakeview schools and graduated in 1969 from the Carson Long Military Academy, New Bloomfield, Pa. He then graduated in 1974 from the West Virginia Wesleyan College with a degree in theological studies and community service.
After graduation, Terry enlisted in the U.S. Army. He had a 22-year career with military intelligence that took him all over the world. He was a veteran of the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars and was honorably discharged in 1996. 
While in the military, he especially liked being in Australia and stayed there for several years after his discharge. He became a Viennese chef and ran his own Viennese restaurant for three years. He also became an ordained Presbyterian minister and earned his doctorate in theology and served as a spiritual-care volunteer, volunteer chaplain and a was a researcher for pastoral care. He became very involved with the Australian community and worked with many agencies, including the U.S. Embassy and the Red Cross.
He knew no boundaries when it came to work and education. He became very fluent in seven languages.  Always learning, he became a whiz with electronics and loved coming through the age of computers and technology.
He was a member of the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church.
Terry is survived by his mother Betty, Stoneboro; two sisters: Lorie (Mick) Nelson, Franklin, and Debra (Gary) Turner), Nazareth, Pa.; a brother Bryan J. (Joy) Swarner, Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.
His father preceded him in death. 
Memorials in Terry's name may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project., PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

The Rev. Dr. Terry L., 65, Stoneboro.
Calling hours: 2 to 3 p.m., Friday (6-9-17) in the Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church, 3461 Sandy Lake-New Lebanon Road, Sandy Lake.
Memorial service: 3 p.m. Friday in the church with Pastor Beth Creekpaum assisted by Terry's long-time friend and associate Rev. Clair Hochstetler, Hospice Chaplain, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Interment: National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, Pa.
Arrangements by the SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
Published on June 6, 2017
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