Where a beautiful soul has been, beautiful memories remain. Jim was born in Snohomish, Washington on March 12, 1921 to Ernest and Virgil Swaney. He was the older brother to Dale and Joy. Jim lived a full and long life, residing in the Lake Stevens area for most of his 92 years. Jim was married in Hollywood on Halloween day 1942, shortly before shipping out to the Pacific during WWII. After serving three years in the Navy, he came home to his wife, Betty (Stilley) and they had the next sixty five years together, loving and raising their two daughters. At the completion of a thirty year career of driving semi's, he retired from Foremost Dairy in 1981. Jim and Betty enjoyed many weekends at their cabin near Plain, Washington on the Wenatchee River. While crossing the Pass, he would whistle as Betty sang along to the AM radio. There he could enjoy his passions for floating the river and riding snowmobiles. Jim also kept young by riding his Goldwing well into his late 70's. Fun loving and with a wicked sense of humor, many a grown kid could chuckle and tell you stories of him tee-heeing in the corner after stealing their freshly sliced piece of pie or the heart out of their watermelon. He was a gregarious person who never met a stranger and he had many lifelong friends. Jim was an exceptionally devoted caregiver to his wife Betty until her death in 2006. In later years, he spent his days with his dog Spotty on his lap and his nights sleeping with his cat Tiger on his bed. He loved to tease and banter with his friend Sheree (Wayne) Elmendorf whenever she stopped by to check on him; he considered her to be like his third daughter. Jim passed away on September 21, 2013, leaving behind his daughters, Jill (Jim) De St Jeor and Jacki (Chuck) Hays; his sister, Joy Bond; sisters-in-law, Marian Swaney, Helen Running, and Arlene Stilley; grandsons, Chris (Krista) Hays and Clint (Val) Hays; his great grandchildren, Christine, Cheyanne, Chance, Carson, Charley, and Dallas, along with many caring nieces and nephews. At Jim's request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
in his memory.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Oct. 3 to Oct. 13, 2013