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ARLINGTON â€” Raymond Jack Swaim, 88, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway in Arlington with Pastor David Hargrove officiating. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Lane C. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial gifts may be made to Northwest Christian Church, 1001 N. Davis, Arlington, Texas 76012.
Swaim was born April 23, 1925, in Fort Worth to the late William Robert Sr. and Maude Lee Hoobler Swaim. On Jan. 19, 1945, he married the love of his life, Betty Lou Scott. They lived many places in the world while Jack served in the United States Air Force as a pilot. He also designed bomb racks and was awarded for his effort. After Jack retired from the Air Force in 1965, they made their home in Arlington.
Jack earned a Bachelor of science degree from Oklahoma State University in mechanical engineering. He used his degree to begin a second career in engineering, designing aircraft components, printing presses and mobile oil drilling rigs.
Jack's love of aircraft was lifelong. He spent many hours building and racing model airplanes. His favorite pastimes always involved his children and grandchildren.
Jack was preceded in death by his brother, William Robert, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; sons, Jim (Susie) of Arlington, John Scott of North Carolina and Mark (Kathy) of Grapevine; sister, Betty Ann Ball of Cleburne; and grandchildren, Irene, Kevin, Bryon (Bethany), Nicole and Eric.