Orville Grant Swain


Orville Grant Swain, longtime resident of Waukesha, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 89. He was born June 17, 1920, in Waukesha, the son of John Grant and Harriet (nee Humphrey) Swain.
 

After graduating from St. Johnís Northwestern Military Academy in 1941, Orville served his country in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic during World War II. On April 13, 1946, he was united in marriage to Marie Callaway. Along with working for Waukesha Engine for 43 years, Orville was very active in the community throughout his life. He was a 60-year member of Waukesha Lodge No. 37, Free and Accepted Masons; a member of Waukesha Chapter 37 Royal Arch Masons and past high priest; member of Waukesha Commandery #23 and past commander; member of Waukesha Council #29 Royal and Select Masons and a past illustrious master; member of Humphrey Scottish Rite Valley of Milwaukee; member of Tripoli Shrine Temple in Milwaukee and original and current member of Tripoli Longriders Unit; member and past president of Waukesha County Shrine Club; member of Juneau Lodge #21 Knights of Pythias; member of LaBelle Chapter Order of the Eastern Star Mukwonago; member of Tall Cedars of Lebanon; and member and head adviser of Milton S. Griswald Demolay Chapter of Waukesha. Orville also was a 40-year bell ringer for the Waukesha Salvation Army, being honored with the creation of the Orville G. Swain Award, given annually. He was a member of the Waukesha Engine Historical Society and was a fifth-generation continuous member at First United Methodist Church in Waukesha. Orvilleís other activities included continued support of Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children, the Lionís Club, March of Dimes and many other community organizations.

Orville will be deeply missed by his wife of 63 years, Marie Swain of Waukesha; his son, William G. Swain of Waukesha; his daughters, Cynthia (Robert) Swain Ramlet of Middleton and Sandra Faith of Lindenhurst, Ill.; grandchildren, Steven Grant (fiancee Lauren) Ramlet, Michael John Ramlet, Nathan Grant Valpey and Benjamin Amadeo Valpey; and sister, Nancy Jane (Bill) Smith of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 5 p.m. Masonic service Sunday, Jan. 17, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Visitation continues Monday, Jan. 18, at First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service. The Rev. Dan Schwerin will preside. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the church. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Prairie Home Cemetery, with military honors presented by St. Johnís Northwestern Military Academy.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Salvation Army of Waukesha, 445 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188; Tripoli Shrine Cripple Childrenís Fund, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208; or to the charity of the donorís choice.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.