James Raymond ("Ray") Swanbeck
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James Raymond ("Ray") Swanbeck, born April 11, 1919, passed away on April 12, 2012 after a brief illness. He left behind his wife of 67 years, Florence Loveland Swanbeck, his two sons, James R. Swanbeck, Jr. and Charles L. Swanbeck, and his two daughters, Frances B. Swanbeck and Ann S. Seiler. Ray graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the class of '42 and served in the submarine service until 1955 when he resigned at the rank of commander.He served with distinction having been awarded the Silver Star during World War II .Ray next entered the world of manufacturing, working for a specialty foundry that produced large centrifical castings used in propeller shafts and paper mills.He travelled extensively throughout the United States and Europe applying his skills and expertise while rising to the level of Executive Vice President. He then decided to become a farmer when he bought a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1960. He raised registered Black Angus for the next 25 years until he decided to turn the acreage into a tree farm, which it is still today.Ray loved sailing, having won the Great Lake Championships both as a crew with his older brother, Carl, and on his own when Carl aged out. He was a past president of the Glenmore Hunt Club and co-master of the Middlebrook Hounds Hunt Club in Virginia, because his one true love, Babe, was a devoted rider.Any donations please make to the Faith Riders, c/o Debbie Maddox, 2890 N. Shell Rd., Deland, FL. 32720.Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Culley's MeadowWood Timberlane Chapel 700 Timberlane Road.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Apr. 14, 2012