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Elburn mourns loss of volunteer, businessman

Allen Swan owned Valley West Automotive

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 8:03 a.m. CDT

ELBURN – The fact that hundreds of people came out to a recent fundraiser to offset Allen Swan's medical expenses showed just how loved he was in the Elburn community.

Swan, of Elburn, lost his battle with cancer Saturday. He was 73 years old.

The Elburn Lions Club on May 18 hosted a fundraiser for him. Swan had joined the club in 1977. He was the club's president, serving the 1994 to 1995 term.

"His passing was a blow to the community," said Elburn Village President Dave Anderson, a longtime friend of Swan. Anderson, who also is a longtime Elburn Lions Club member, said about 300 people attended Swan's fundraiser throughout the day.

Swan was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in January, Anderson said. Swan was a longtime Elburn resident, graduating from Kaneland High School in 1959. Swan owned and operated Valley West Automotive in Elburn for 30 years. Anderson and Swan remained close friends over the years.

"I had coffee with him almost every day at Kountry Kettle in Elburn," Anderson said. "He was the straightest shooter. If he told you something, that's the way it was."

A visitation for Swan will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Grace Fellowship Church, 17081 Owens Road, Maple Park, with a memorial to follow at 7 p.m. A private family interment will follow at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Elburn Lions Club and Grace Fellowship Church. Checks may be made to the "Allen Swan Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL. 60119.

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