Joseph Warren McSwain, 65, retired Master Sgt., U.S. Air Force, passed away June 21, 2012, at his home in Mansfield, TX, after battling with type 2 diabetes for several years.
He was born on July 18, 1946 in Shelby, NC. He grew up in Rock Hill, SC, and was a 1964 graduate of Rock Hill High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1964-1988. After retiring from the Air Force, he continued his career with Link Flight Simulation. He lived in California and Arizona before finding better work overseas. He worked in Germany for seven years before retiring to Mansfield, TX, with his family.
He was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. He loved to travel and would often take his family on trips. He liked meeting and talking with new people but he enjoyed helping his family the most. He will be dearly missed.
A beautiful military honors and memorial service was held for him on Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas. After the services, his ashes were entombed there in a Columbarium.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cullen Monroe McSwain, and his mother, Ruby Harrelson McSwain, both of Rock Hill.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine Elmer McSwain of Arlington, TX; daughters, Sandra Sigler of Trenton, IL, Stacey Ryczek of Mansfield, TX, and Sarah McSwain of Arlington, TX; son, Jason McSwain of Arlington, TX; siblings, Barbara M. Harris of Muskegon, MI and Douglas M. McSwain of Rock Hill, SC; grandchildren, Aaron, Alyssa, and Alexis Sigler of Trenton, IL, and Kim, Megan, and Robert Ryczek of Mansfield, TX; nieces Teresa Harris Dark of Rock Hill, SC and Julia Marie Harris Smith of W. Palm Beach, FL; nephews Brian J. Harris of Hermosa Beach, CA, Bill McSwain and Chris McSwain of Rock Hill, SC; great-nephews Harrison and Hunter Smith of W. Palm Beach, FL, and Gavin McSwain of Rock Hill, SC; great-step-nephew Aaron B. Dark, IV of Charlotte NC; great-niece Adelaide (Addie) McSwain of Rock Hill, SC; and many cousins and friends.
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I will always remember your off the wall humor. You will be missed. Rest in the arms of God.
Tue, Jul 03, 2012
Joe, I miss ya already. You are fondly remembered for the impact on my life and many others. I could always count on a call to see how I was doing and to chat about current happenings. Joe I thank you for the good times and for the laughs. The couple times I visited you and the family in Texas was so much fun. Always a good time around the family.... Which brings a funny story to mind.... The last visit that Joe and the kids made to SC was so much fun. Joe made it happen. He drove a car load of kids from Texas all the way to SC. Seeing family was important to Joe. Wow. The fun story happened on Lake Wateree near Camden SC we had a day to enjoy the sun and water. We unloaded our jet ski into the water and started having fun. The girls were trying out the tube and getting pulled by the Jet Ski. We all egged Joe into getting into the tube and letting us pull him with the Jet Ski. Well, to our surprise.... we all got tickled when he said yes. Away we went at top speed with Joe riding behind like he was a fierce roman in a chariot of plastic. All of us were impressed with the dance he was doing in that chariot when all the sudden his dance got so intense he tumbled right out and popped up swimming. It was hilarious. Back on dry land Joe explained that the dance was his way of controlling the tube. Whatever it was he was fun to watch. And to make it all the more entertaining we got the whole scene on film. What fun. And Joe knew how to have fun. An uncle I'm gonna miss. We love ya Joe. Here's to the celebration of your life. My prayers go out to my family. I ask that God comfort loved ones left behind and welcome Joe into eternity.
Tue, Jul 03, 2012
We will all miss you.
Teresa Harris Dark
Mon, Jul 02, 2012
I love you and miss you so much Uncle Joe Warren!!! Until we meet again, take care. Teresa