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Richard Ray Swan and Martha Jane Swan

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
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Heaven gained two precious souls, Richard Ray Swan and Martha Jane Swan (Dick & Jane).  Married for 69 years, inseparable, and based on mutual support and a deep love for one another, Dick and Jane died 13 days from each other from Covid 19. Dick 9-1928 to 9-23-2021, Jane 9-1932 to 10-6-2021.

 Dick proudly served in the United States Air Force for 27 years, a veteran of three wars. Dick met Martha Jane Harris, and they married in Paola, Kansas, where Jane grew up. Dick was stationed nearby after returning from the Korean war in 1952. They raised three children while traveling the world, with Dick serving at bases overseas, Canada and US. So many memories were made and treasured during this time, especially in New Brunswick, Canada, having the Miramichi River out their back door. The fishing boat Dick repaired was used endlessly during the summer.  Winter included hockey rinks on the river, snowmobiling, ice skating on mountain ponds, to name a few.

 Dick retired from the military, and he and Jane moved their family to Fromberg, Montana, where he was born and raised.  They spent the rest of their lives working and enjoying Montana.  Jane was a loving, compassionate, devoted mother and always there for her children. Never an unkind word spoken. She substituted at the school early on and worked at the Arndorfer Law Firm from time to time. Dick bought service stations in Fromberg and Bridger and worked many years at that with his family.  He obtained his broker's license for a hobby, became Mayor of Fromberg for many years, a volunteer firefighter, and finally retired after his children moved on.  Many memories, especially the hunting trips with his children and friends, were held dear. 

Family and friends meant everything to them; they treasured their time with their grandchildren, Stacey, Allison, and Sarah.  Jane loved her talks with her sister Sue. Dick enjoyed and appreciated the time he spent with his sister Judie. 

Survivors include children Debra Haux (Greg), Robert Swan, Julie Arndorfer (Brad), grandchildren Stacey Marciniak (Thomas), Allison White (Levi), Sarah Hardwick (Seth), Joe Arndorfer, great-grandchild Henry Marciniak, Brother Malcolm Swan, Sister Judie Swan, Sister Sue Hiatt, and many nieces, and nephews.

 A graveside ceremony will be held at the Laurel Veterans Cemetery in the Spring of 2022.