Dear Rick and Rod,
My sister, Georgia, called me today and told me she'd just found out your father passed last March, so I immediately checked the online obits and saw it was true. My apologies for the lateness, I don't take the paper, and only because someone from Swan emailed Georgia - I didn't realize your mom has passed as well.
The memories I have of your folks, and you guys, are all so great; I remember well when you lived in Denver and my amazement how one of you could tell the model of car just by the oncoming headlights! I also remember distinctly (and think of it often with a smirk) how your mom told Alan and me, on a visit/sleepover that "we don't get up at the crack of dawn on Saturday, we 'sleep in' until 8a.m.!'" For the last 30 years, that HAS BEEN the crack of dawn for me!
Jim always made Swan a pleasant place to work, he was well-liked by everyone, and his sense of decency was a breath of fresh air when the air would turn blue in after-work card games! He was always a gentleman as well as a gentle man, as was Helen, what a great couple, what a fine family you all made.
Hope this gets to you at this late date, my dad (Smitty) would have turned 97 on Sept 19th! I'm so glad they had such a great relationship - both seemed eager to have a positive outlook, and I know how highly my Dad prized your Dad's opinion and input on all things.
Even next door to a salvage yard they Swan a great place to grow up. Those hot summer days counting O-Rings seem both long ago and like yesterday.
All the best to you and your families-