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James Beverly "Jim" Swearingen
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Birth: Mar. 16, 1922
Wathena
Doniphan County
Kansas, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 2005
Downey
Los Angeles County
California, USA

James Beverly (Jim) Swearingen was born on the family farm in St. Joseph, MO on March 16, 1922. Born with osteomyelitis, a condition that would make it difficult to walk, his parents were told by doctors that he would most likely never make it out of adolescence. But a natural fighter, Jim proved them wrong and then some. He worked on the farm for most of his youth and graduated from Wathena High School in 1941. He then attended the 2 year program at the Platte Gard school of business, and left there with a certificate. Following that he went moved to St. Joseph with a good friend, and took a job at Swift's Packing House. With World War II still in full swing they needed all the help they could get and Jim took shifts both in the office and on the packing house floor. During this time he met his future wife, Norma Jean Richards, in 1943 at a wedding in town. Although he swore up and down that they had met at Lake Contrary some time before, she did not recall such a time and initially dismissed his efforts. When she finally agreed to allow him to walk her home he was over the moon. The two dated for just over a year before moving out to Los Angeles, CA and tying the knot on July 11, 1944 by Judge Ida May Adams. With two little ones around time demanded a good paying job and a house for the whole lot. Jim found a job at the Goodyear factory, and because of the ongoing war employees were considered necessary personnel by the government and were allowed to buy homes. The family settled in Maywood, CA and Jim quickly became a fixture in the community. Over the years he sat on the city planning commission, did a lot of work for the local churches and joined the Bell Masonic Lodge. He worked in the lodge all of his life and served as lodge Master for a time. He found lifelong friends and volunteer opportunities in Freemasonry. Eventually the family settled in with four children, three boys and a girl which led to 17 years as a scout master with the local troop. With the kids grown and moved out, Jim retired with Norma to Downey, CA. He spent the remainder of his life as a deacon at his church, creating occasions to surround himself with his family, and traveling the world. He traveled to every continent with the exception of Antarctica, and was one of the first Americans to set foot on Chinese soil following President Nixon's lift of the travel ban there. Jim Swearingen passed in his sleep on the night of March 4, 2005 content in the life that he had created for himself and well loved by those around him. 
 
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 Children:
  Richard Ray Swearingen (1943 - 2007)*
  Robert Lawrence Swearingen (1945 - 1998)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Whittier
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Masonic Gardens Lawn Section 1 Lot 1420 Grave 1
 
Created by: Kevin H
Record added: May 22, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90577562
James Beverly Jim Swearingen
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James Beverly Jim Swearingen
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James Beverly Jim Swearingen
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