Nicholas Lew Swyka Sr. of Middletown, DE passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at home on Nov. 13, 2012 at the age of 91. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on Dec. 23, 1920.
Called to serve his country, Nick proudly enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII as an Anti-tank Gunman with the 99th Infantry Division of the 395th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for heroism during the Battle of the Bulge where he was injured but continued to fight.
Nick was a life-long member of St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chesapeake City, MD and a member of the American Legion Post 25 of Middletown, DE. In 1986 he retired from Carpenters Local 626 after 42 years of service.
A master carpenter, he enjoyed his wood working shop, and working in his garden, but what he loved most was spending time with his family. He had a quick wit and always had a good story which he was willing to share with family and friends.
Nick shared 70 years of marriage with his loving and devoted wife, Mildred.
Left to cherish the memory of their father are his children, Nicholas Jr. and his wife Shannon of Houston, TX, Richard and his wife Cynthia of Hartly, DE, Joyce and her husband Dr. Kenneth Corrin of Galena, MD, Barbara and her husband Charles Stanley of Warwick, MD, Steven and his wife Marie of Glenn Mills, PA, Theresa and her companion Timothy Walkup of Middletown, DE, Virginia and her companion Wayne Leonard of Glasgow, DE, and John and his wife Traci of Newark, DE. Nick and Mildred also have 20 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Nick is also survived by his brothers Leon of Middletown, NY and Pete of Elkton, MD.
A viewing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, 318 George St., Chesapeake City, MD 21915. A visitation service will be held at the same location from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Following the visitation service, a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 231 Basil Ave., Chesapeake City, MD and interment will be at St. Roses of Lima Cemetery, Chesapeake City, MD.
The Swyka Family gives special thanks to Susan Rutkoske of Vitas Hospice Care for the compassionate care she provided to Nick and the comfort she provided to his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Basil's Catholic Church in Chesapeake City, or the Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund c/o the funeral home. To send condolences visit www.rtfoard.com.