Former Swoyersville Councilman John Butchko passed away Friday, September 9, 2011, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Wilkes-Barre Township, a son of the late Charles and Anna Kish Butchko, John was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville. He was employed by the Wyoming Valley Sewer Authority. John was a U.S. Army Veteran and was one of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He was a member of the American Legion Post 644, Swoyersville. John was also a founding member of the Society of Honor Guard Tomb of Unknown Soldier. He was very active in politics and served as a Councilman for the Borough of Swoyersville for many years. He was preceded in death by siblings, Ann, Marge, Mary, Michael and Helen. Surviving are his wife, the former Rosemarie Washko; children, Lynne McCann, Swoyersville; Maria Figmic, Nanticoke; John, Swoyersville, and Tammy Cook, Swoyersville; grandchildren, Abriel McCann, John and Matthew Butchko, Joshua, Ronald, Charles and Nicholas Cook; as well as sisters, Elizabeth Zbegner and Jean Miscavage, both of Plains Township.