Robert Lee Swart
September 22, 1931 – June 28, 2014
Robert Lee Swart passed away suddenly on June 28th at the age of 82. Robert was born in Jackson, Michigan on September 22, 1931. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and was stationed to Sealand AFB England, where he met and feel in love with Pamela Jean. They soon married on July 31st, 1954. He was then stationed to Westover Air Force Base in Massachesetts, followed by Wiesbaden, Germany, and then McGuire AFB, New Jersey. Seeking warmer weather, he ventured to the West and settled in Southern California. There he put his German clock training to good use and bought Ben Little's Clock Shop which he owned and operated in Ontario for over 30 years with his wife and daughter Carol.
He is survived by his loving wife Pam of almost 60 years and his 3 daughters.
His favorite daughter, Sharon Lee Swart-Reiter, her husband Don and family of Chino, California. His other favorite daughter Carol May Pettey and her Husband David and her family of Redlands, California and his other favorite daughter Shirley Ann Burroughs and her husband Steve and her family also of Redlands.
Robert was also blessed with 5 grandsons Kyle, Jake (Heather) and Cody Reiter, Robert (Rachael) Walker and Steven (Jennifer) Burroughs. Two granddaughters, Nichole Hutchins (Eric) and Pamela Harrison (Paul), 5 great-grandsons Aiden, Elias, Declan, Dean and Brockton and 3 great-granddaughters Bella, Audrey and Teagan.
Bob loved to cook, baked the best lemon and apple pies, play golf, fly model airplanes and most of all, loved being with his family. There was so much to this man. Words are inadequate to describe him and our love for him.
Robert was not only a beloved husband and father but a devoted and loyal friend to all who knew him.
He will be missed every moment of every day.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 12th at 12:00 noon at Weaver Mortuary, 1177 Beaumont Ave., Beaumont, California. A gathering will be held afterwards at Sun Lakes Country Club...North Club House...545 Twin Hills Drive, Banning, California.
Arrangements under the direction of Weaver Mortuary, Beaumont, CA.
- Memorial Service Saturday, July 12, 2014
Robert Lee Swart
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July 27, 2014
I have known the Swart family since 1974. I was married to Bob's daughter Carol. I am her to say, Bob was one Heck of a MAN, Period! I will always remember and cherish Bob and myself flying our RC planes together in Ontario Calf. No one will ever be able to replace Bob in my Heart!!
Brian & Sharon Mulrey
July 13, 2014
Almost fifty years ago in Germany, Senior Master Sergeant Bob Swart was one of the very best NCOs I was fortunate enough to serve with in my 28 years of military life. He showed this junior captain by example how to be an effective, productive, inspirational leader while keeping me out of trouble - as much as he could. He remained through the many years that followed very valuable to me professionally and very dear to me as a friend. Sharon and I have kept in touch with Bob and Pam, getting updates on what was new and wonderful in their lives and how their great girls Sharon, Carol and Shirley were thriving, and I'll very much miss his "Happy Groundhogs Day!" phone call to me every year, something I always looked forward to. I don't remember how or why he started that, but it became a cherished tradition. We mourn Bob's passing and pray his lovely family will be comforted knowing that their devoted patriarch's spirit will never leave their side, and his guiding, protective, presence will be with them as long as they live. God bless and keep him.
July 12, 2014
I am sorry about Bob's passing. I have not talked to him for many years, but Brian Mulrey has kept me informed . Bob was one of the best NCO's I ever had and he was one of the main reason's Wiesbaden was my best unit. A great guy is gone. Ronald P. Johnson
July 10, 2014
We first met Bob and Pam when their daughter Sharon and her family moved into the same neighborhood as we did 14 years ago. It seemed like fate because as we struck up a conversation, details emerged about their lives and ours, and we realized that we shared some common "roots" while he had been stationed at Westover AFB on the East Coast. And yet, here we all were, meeting here for the first time. We knew immediately that God played a hand in bringing our two families together. We felt an attachment to them...a sort of "surrogate family." We grew to know him as a family man with a huge heart who really made the best apple pies that we have ever tasted. Our prayers are with Pam and the entire family of this wonderful person who always had a smile on his face. Rest in peace with the Lord, Bob, and keep on smiling. You will be missed.
The Lewis Family
July 9, 2014
Papa GG (Robert Swart), I will continue where you left off. Thank you for everything you have taught me; including showing me how important memories are and being able to share those stories with others. You have created a strong family unit that will continue to become even stronger while you are on vacation. We will take care of Grandma GG for you and make sure that she enjoys every minute of it (if she likes it or not). We all know that you are still hangin' around and watching out for us to see that we make good choices. And if you can, please help out my golf game by directing my shots in the correct direction. I am proud to call you my grandpa as you were a big part of my life since I met and married your granddaughter (Nichole). I could finish off by saying 'take it easy'; however we all know that you are still working hard and finishing projects. Oh, and one last thing; since you are a master of fine clocks, could you please slow down time a little bit so I may enjoy more time with my family? I would appreciate it... - Eric
July 9, 2014
Bob and Pam lived next to us in Wiesbaden at the Hindenberg Kaserne. My eldest daughter used to help him with his clocks and he called her his mineworker. Bob was not only the Senior NCO who kept the squadron functioning smoothly he was also my good right arm, a gentleman always and a friend. I did see Bob and Pam after we had both retired but seemed to have been confined to Christmas cards in the last few years. God Bless him, he was
one of a kind, a very special one indeed and I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. Garth Wright.
July 8, 2014
Shirley I pray that you and your family will be comforted during this sad time by loving friends, family and God's peace. From the "Smith Family".
July 7, 2014
Dad. I am at a loss for words. We have been so blessed to have you with us for so many wonderful years. You are a man of honor and integrity. I have learned a lot from you. You will forever be with us. My heart is breaking. We will all take care of mom so we don't want you to worry. Watch over us, cry with us and laugh with us. Our family will never be the same. I was so blessed to spend time with you on the day you passed and laugh with you. I will forever have our final words together "I love you". You will forever be in our hearts. Come see me in my dreams.
July 6, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers to all of you. We are sadden by the loss of your loved one.
Love in Christ, The Valle Family
July 6, 2014
My heart is aching badly to hear the news of Bob's passing . The world has lost one of the greatest man I know. He was a great role model for me & I will miss him terribly. He was a big part of me & my mom's life & I can only hope there up in heaven talking & arguing about sports ! We send all our love to Pam & the girls.
July 5, 2014
So sorry for your family's loss. I know you will be missed greatly.