Raymond H. Swan
Raymond (Ray), a fifth generation Oregonian was born in Portland to Carl and Ethel (Alexander) Swan. Ray attended Creston, Vestal, and Russellville grade schools and graduated from Gresham High School in 1948.
In 1947 he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve and served two years of active duty including 18 months on the USS Arikara, an ocean-going tug ship. He earned two stars on his Korean War medal for his ship's participation in the North Seas blockade. Ray was discharged from the U.S. Navy in August 1953 as a Radio Operator.
Raymond and Darlene Gloria Thomsen were married on January 23, 1954 and bore four children in the following five years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, daughters Sandra McCune and Cynthia Swan, sons Daniel and Russell Swan, and six grandchildren.
In 1956, Ray graduated from Oregon State College with a degree in Agriculture and went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation as an Agricultural Engineer in Oregon. In 1962, he was hired by Pacific Power & Light Company, now known as PacifiCorp, and 28 years later retired in 1990.
His retirement years involved helping friends and neighbors, Meals on Wheels, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA). A Committal Service will be held at the Willamette National Cemetery on February 16 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers give something to your favorite charity.
Please join us in a celebration of life for Raymond H. Swan on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at GracePointe Church, 10750 SE 42nd Avenue, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222.