James Lellian Swanson

Born: Sun., Jul. 3, 1927
Died: Mon., Jul. 28, 2014

Private Interment

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Aug. 01, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

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James Lellian Swanson

July 3, 1927 – July 28, 2014


James Lellian Swanson – was born July 3, 1927, in Pendleton, Oregon, a middle brother in the family of seven sons and two daughters of John Raymond and Florence Swanson.  Jim took early graduation from Pendleton High School in 1944 to join the Navy and served in the Pacific until 1948.

After a year at Gonzaga University Jim returned to Pendleton to work in the family business of Swanson Paint & Glass. 

He married the beautiful Virginia Officer of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, in 1951 and fathered daughter Julie in 1953 and son Jeff in 1955. 

A meticulous and expert painter, he remained in demand long after retirement. 

Jim Swanson took deep pride in his family and cherished every friend.  He was a remarkable hunter and gifted fisherman.  Sharply intelligent, he was no fool on current affairs but more importantly valued a good joke.  He was abidingly generous and welcomed all to his front porch.

Jim remained active through the last day of his life, July 27, 2014.  A loving and faithful man, he will be missed for his strong presence in the fabric of life.

He was predeceased by his mother, father and brothers: Robert, Wayne, Jerry and Dean Swanson.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years,  Virginia; daughter Julie Swanson (Darrell Bliss); son Jeffrey Swanson (Carrie Day); beloved grandchildren Jamie Kaesemeyer (Matt) and Jesse Swanson; great grandchildren Jacob and Steven Kaesemeyer; sisters Gloria Kelty and Nancy Doherty and brothers John Swanson and Hubert Swanson; and a large extended family. 

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, August 1, 2014, at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.  

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Arne Swanson
   Posted Wed July 30, 2014
Aunt Jenny, Julie, Jeff and family,

Uncle Jim was a talented and very wise man. What a beautiful obituary you have honored him with. I will miss his humor and enjoyed very much our renewed friendship over the last few years as he held court on the front porch. May the fondest of memories sustain you during this time of grief.

Love always,
Cousin Arne

Darbie Whitbread
   Posted Thu July 31, 2014
To Virginia, Julie, Jeff and families
We are sorry about your loss. His obituary story is very interesting about his long and wonderful life. From Darbie Day Whitbread and family

Rod Swanson , Fay and family
   Posted Thu July 31, 2014
Aunt Jenny, Julie, Jeff and family.
So sorry to hear of Uncle Jim's passing. What a wonderful man he was and what a beautiful, loving family he leaves behind. We are surely going to miss him. May his memories bring peace and comfort to you.
We love you, Rod, Fay, Allysa, Mia, and Simi

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