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Obituary for John Swain
John T. Swain, 38, of Pekin passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at UnityPoint Health Methodist in Peoria. He was born March 1, 1979 at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois to Mike and Barbara Lee Swain. He married Tania Cruz July 17, 2015; she survives. He is also survived by his children, Falyn Marie Hartman Swain, Maxim John Swain, Phoenix Joseph Cruz, Onyx Carlos Cruz Swain; father, Mike Swain; mother, Barbara Fowler; other family members including, Angela (Keith) Sawyer, Sandi Mayne, Fallon, Savannah, Ryan, Emily, Matt Becker, Alisha Becker and their children and special loved ones, the James family and Mike Kearney. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cali and brother in spirit, Jeremiah. John was an amazing and complex man whose time on Earth could never be summed up in one page. While he was here with us: He was happiest when he was with his children. Considering his days of Rippin & Roarin, you would have never guessed that he was a Natural at Being a Dad. I've never seen a bond stronger than between him and his children. His interests were as varied as his mannerisms and he excelled at. He loved to hunt, do research and read. He could take apart & put back together anything mechanical from a dryer to the inward workings of a watch. He loved nature & all outdoors activities, music and collecting whatever else he was interested in at the time. He had knowledge of everything under the sun from building houses, chemical formulas, world events, foreign languages to fixing cars. He loved to "debate " as he called it and could whip out a joke or a monologue in seconds flat. He had a passion for fast cars, air rifles and having a good time. His smile, wit and generous nature shone through in the numerous life long bonds he created everywhere he went. He was a living dichotomy: partied hard but managed to work harder. He took pride in every trade he ever learned. Just as excellent a Cook as he was a Chipper. He looked forward to going in to CCR everyday. His mind was brilliant, his personality was Larger than Life and his heart was filled with Everlasting Love for all whom he called Friend. Whether you knew him as Swain or John, he was Unforgettable and his presence here will be greatly missed. We celebrate his Reunion with Jeremiah- whom he called brother- and his daughter Cali. We celebrate his Spirit being Free. Cremation will be accorded following a private service.