Roy L. Swartz departed this life on July 26, 2011, at the age of 91 years and three months. Roy was born on April 4, 1920, in Portland, Oregon to Arthur L. and Lina Christy Swartz.
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He attended public schools and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1938. He joined the Army Air Corps in March of 1941, and served as a gunner and radio operator on B-26 aircraft during the North African air campaign against Italy. He was awarded the Air Medal with Bronze and Silver Oak Leaves and was honorably discharged in September, 1945.
While serving at Barksdale Air Base in Bossier City, Louisiana, he met the love of his life, Marjorie Jones, from Haynesville, Louisiana. They were married in Haynesville on June 22, 1944.
After discharge from the Army Air Corps, Roy attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., where he obtained his Doctorate of Optometry in 1949. After serving an internship in Fayetteville, Ark., he opened an optometry practice in Bastrop in 1950. He served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church of Bastrop and was active in the local Lion's Club, Boy Scouts of America and the Bastrop High School Booster Club. He was elected to two terms on the local school board where he served with distinction.
After 30 years of optometry practice in Bastrop, Roy sold his practice and moved to New Orleans where he continued working as an optometrist until the age of eighty-two. In 2002, Roy and Marjorie moved to Edgemere Retirement Center in Dallas in order to be closer to family.
Roy was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, his parents and brother Robert and sister Barbara. He is survived by two daughters, Sue (Howard) Cowan of Lubbock, Texas, and Debbie (Mike) Burge of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Eric (Amy) Cowan of Dallas, Texas, Tieise (Dana) Rodenbucher of Wolfe City. Texas, Greg (Teresa) Cowan of Hong Kong, China, Hannah (Carlton) Hereford of Katy, Texas, and Ben (Lauren) Burge of Frisco, Texas. Roy also enjoyed the love of his nine great-grandchildren.
Roy Swartz will be laid to rest beside his wife at the Old Town Cemetery in Haynesville, Louisiana after a military grave side service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30th. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until 10:45 at Bailey Funeral Home.
Family members request that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Bastrop, 610 East Madison, Bastrop, Louisiana 71220, Faith Presbyterian Hospice, 400 Sigma Road, Suite 400, Dallas, Texas 75255 or a charity of choice.
Published in Bastrop Daily Enterprise from July 30 to Aug. 5, 2011