James Douglas "Jim" Swan Jr.

June 18, 1932May 30, 2018
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James D. “Jim” Swan, Jr., passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at his residence. Born June 18, 1932, to Douglas Swan and Thelda Rosson Swan. He is survived by his second wife, Barbara Noren Eggborn Swan; his sons, Steve Swan (wife Karla) and David Swan; Barbara’s son John Noren; his grandchildren, Whitney, Bailey, Ross, Abby (Steve’s children), Alex Noren (John’s son) and two great granddaughters. In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his beloved and devoted first wife, Janet Bailey Swan. Jim graduated from Culpeper High School and then attended Virginia Tech graduating in 1953 with a degree in agriculture. He spent 4 years in Virginia Tech’s ROTC program. He served 2 years as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He returned to the family farm and the J.A. Swan business in 1955. He was a dynamic member in the Culpeper Chamber of Commerce and the VA Farm Equipment Association. During his time with the VA Farm Equipment Association, he served as Director for 1 term. Jim was named the Jaycee Man of the Year and received the Distinguished Service Award for his tireless efforts to promote the programs of the organization. He was a very successful Culpeper merchant. He owned and managed the J.A. Swan Farm Implement Company for many years. After he sold that business, he began to sell lawn and garden equipment at the current K&M building until 2007 and his son David managed this business. One of Jim’s greatest loves and true passions was Glebe Farm that he increased to over 1700 acres. It was utilized to grow crops and raise cattle. He knew every acre and loved every minute he spent walking and driving through the fields. He has lovingly left this legacy of Glebe Farm to his son Steve and his grandson Ross. Jim loved farming so much that he purchased a ranch in Townsend, MT. He often equated his home in Montana to the Culpeper of 50 years ago. Jim loved and was a faithful supporter of VA Tech. He spoke with great pride about being blessed to have attended 17 VA Tech Bowl games. He gave a scholarship to the athletics department at the school. Jim loved his home of Culpeper and always sought to add to the community. To this end, he established a scholarship at Culpeper Hospital in memory of his first wife Janet. While Jim adored Culpeper, he sought out new places to visit and cultures to learn about. He loved to travel and his favorite places to visit were Denmark, Germany and Montana. Jim was an astute property owner and was always on the lookout for the next piece of land to develop or set aside for increase of the farm. He was always a good and faithful steward of the land. One of Jim’s last wishes was to build a new Swan family museum on his farm in Brandy Station. He maintained one for years on the second floor of the K&M building and his son Steve is currently constructing the new museum at the farm. Jim was loved by so many and could always be counted on for a joke to make someone smile. The celebration of the life of James D. Swan, Jr. will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA, with a time of visitation held from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Interment will be held privately.

The family requests that no flowers be given but any gifts or donations be made to the Novant Health System-Culpeper Medical Center Finance-501 Sunset Lane-Culpeper, VA 22701 or their favorite charity. Gifts can also be designated to the Janet Swan Scholarship at Culpeper Nursing Hospital. The family would like to thank Dr. Gravatte for his devoted attention to Jim’s health needs. They would like to thank Robin Wallace and John Clatterbuck for their loving care of Jim’s needs. Further, they would like to thank Capital Caring Hospice and especially, Ashley Lambert RN for her care of him, as well. Fond memories and condolences may be shared with the Swan family through The Swan family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.



  • Visitation Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 2, 2018


  • Private Interment

James Douglas "Jim" Swan Jr.

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Bernie Fleming

June 2, 2018

Barbara and family'

We will miss Jim greatly and undoubtedly his passing will leave a great void. Our visits to Jim in Florida and Montana a re etched in our collective memories, especially the fishing ventures and golf outings. May God help fill the void.

Bernie and Vivian Fleming

Kay Yancey

June 1, 2018

My thoughts and prayers to the family for your loss. I am so glad that I recently got to visit with Mr. Swan. Back in 1975 he offered to help me start a business..... while we didn't embark on that adventure in the travel business, we both surely wondered where it would have taken us today. A true friend to my family, a farmer through and through. and a distinguished member of the community, he will be missed. Tell Janet and my Dad Jack hello when you see them in Heaven. ~Kay
PS. Steve and David I won't be able to make the service on Saturday but will be there in spirit. Hugs to you both.

Michael Cook

May 31, 2018

Mr. Swan(53) was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. I was privelidged to have met him through my association with his son, David. I was blessed to have spent time with him at his business and homes, especially a wonderful fishing trip in Florida.
Mr. Swan was a kind, generous man, who, besides his business and farm, always had other projects in play.
I remember Mr. Swan being so excited with the purchase of his Montana ranch, building a home there, and improving the property with an irrigation system. He so loved going there for the summers and sharing the experience with countless guests over the years.
It is with a heavy heart that I express my condolences to Mrs. Barbara Swan, and his sons..Steve and David, and the rest of the family, and countless friends.
Culpeper, his family, and all who knew Mr. Swan have lost someone so uniquely special that mear words could only scratch the surface of the void he has left. Mr. Swan is with God, and God bless his family and all who he has touched over the years.