Raymond C. Swanson

April 29, 1928October 28, 2011

Raymond C. Swanson of Des Plaines since 1960 Raymond C. Swanson was the beloved husband of Jean (nee Anderson), to whom he was married for 58 years; dear father of Kristie (Garland) Powell, Paul (Helga), Karen, Eric (Laura) and Craig Swanson; cherished grandfather of Michael (Pamela) Kamin, Dana Graziano, Amber (Keith) Seat, Amanda (Brandon Buckardt) Swanson, Gina Ann Graziano, Ashley Graziano, Andrew, Erika, Kirk, Karl and Hallie Swanson; loving great-grandfather of Fletcher, Rayanna, Cooper, Felix, Emily, Oliver and Dominik; fond brother of Donald (Dory) Swanson and Marjorie (Lee) Hammond; brother-in-law of Evelyn (the late Eugene) Swanson; and devoted uncle of many nieces and nephews. Born April 29, 1928, in Oak Park, he died Oct. 28, 2011, in Park Ridge. Mr. Swanson was an Army veteran, having served as a tank commander during the Korean War. He worked for Illinois Bell for 38 years. Ray was a member of Arlington Heights AFAM Lodge 1162, and St. Martha and Mary Lutheran Church in Mount Prospect. Visitation is Monday, 3 to 9 p.m. at the Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St. (Northwest Highway/Route 14 at Rand Road), Des Plaines, where friends and family will gather on Tuesday at 10 a.m. for an 11 a.m. service. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.



  • Visitation Monday, October 31, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 1, 2011


  • Interment

Raymond C. Swanson

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Karen Swanson

October 28, 2012

Hi Dad,
Its been a yr now and still feels like yesterday. So much has gone on but I know you are watching over. Wish you could be here but understand, just to know your happy and still keeping an eye on all of us helps. We will talk again as we do. I love you Blue Eyes.
Forever Me...;)

Gina Graziano

November 9, 2011

Hello Grandpa , I miss you so much ! I think of you often and look forward to the time we meet again

Kristie Rae Powell

November 3, 2011

Hi Dad, what are you doing? "Talking to you!" you would reply. I would give anything to pick up the phone and hear your voice. You know that I will always love you and keep you in my heart. Watch over us while we watch over Mom. Take notes, say Hi to everyone! Don't forget the pets! And from one traveller to another, Happy Trails until we meet again!

Paul Swanson

October 31, 2011

Dad, I will miss you. For your love, your wisdom,for showing me right from wrong and most all what it means to be a great father. I will always remember you and promise to do my best to help mom!
I Love You, Your Son

October 31, 2011

I remember "Swannie" from the Linder Building at Illinois Bell. He was a good man. My sympathies are with his family now.
Susan Dembinski

October 31, 2011

Dad, First things First... I love you! and Oh how I miss you so.. I know your watching over us. I will miss you dearly Handsome and miss you helping me with my girls.. You are my King, enjoy your travels and take notes, we will travel them one day together. Till then enjoy your Coffee and Chocolate donut.. You sure enjoyed them ;) I got your equal Blue Eyes!... Love you always forever and ever.
Karen Jean

October 31, 2011

Uncle Ray, shall be missed.

Joyce McNealy

October 31, 2011

Ray was the brother-in-law everybody hopes for.....always smiling, cheerful, kind. I know we will meet again one day, but until then, you will not be forgotten. I'll miss you, Ray.

October 30, 2011

God bless you Swanny. You will always be remembered. Had good times at Bell.

Glenn Nasuta

Kim Bishop

October 30, 2011

Thanks for all of the laughs and memories Uncle Ray!! I will deeply miss you. Please say hi to my Grandfather for me, I know he will be one of many who are welcoming you!! You are completely healed now!! Hope you are having a wonderful reunion. Please watch over all of us! I LOVE you Uncle Ray, my eternal Buddy!