Raymond K. Swartz
February 6, 1947 – December 9, 2018
Raymond Kenneth Swartz was born on February 6, 1947 in Buffalo, New York to Raymond and Jennie Swartz. He grew up in Buffalo and attended the State University of New York in 1969, graduating with an electrical engineering degree. In 1978, he attended Iowa State University and received a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering. Later in life, he also took executive management training at Princeton University. While in high school, he met the love of his life, Faith Dodson; they were married on January 18, 1969. At the time of his passing, Ray and Faith were just five weeks short of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Ray had more than forty years of leadership experience covering Operations, Product Management, R&D, Sales, and served as President & General Manager of a global company with facilities located in Asia, Europe, and South America. After retirement, Ray focused on consulting services to institutions by providing mentoring to senior leaders. He partnered with some of the most renowned global experts in the field of corporate leadership development. Ray provided consulting services to companies/organizations such as Molex, ComScope, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also partnered with the Univ. of Nebraska and the Univ. of Washington in providing operational leadership consulting services. Ray had five patents registered with the U.S. Government for engineering designs.
While Ray obtained a great deal in his professional life, he would say his greatest achievement was his close-knit family. He loved his wife and children with his whole heart. Ray and Faith have two daughters, Renee and Tammy, of whom he was extremely proud. They then welcomed two sons-in-law, Jason and Henri, whom Ray loved and supported as if they were his own. The most happiness came from his six grandchildren. Ray had a highly personal relationship with each one of his grandchildren. All the kids called Ray “Papa.” The gift of music was a very big part of his life, too. A classically trained pianist, his first job was playing a pipe organ. That love of music continued with him to the end of his life. Active in Rejoice! Lutheran Church, he played the keyboard on Sundays until a year ago. He also led the Senior Choir for many years. At home, work, church, the baseball field, or on the golf course, he was so fun to be around. All his friends say he was the best.
Ray’s passing was peaceful, and his entire family was by his side. He suffered from MDS/Leukemia and died from complications of pneumonia. His doctors became his friends and we know he would want to thank Drs. Stefano Tarantolo and Ed Taylor.
Ray is survived by wife, Faith; daughter, Reneé Black (Jason); daughter, Tammy Jung (Henri); grandchildren: Tanner and Avery Black, Whitney, Aaron, Meredith and Ryan Jung.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 13th from 6pm to 8pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Friday, Dec. 14th at 11am at Rejoice Lutheran Church, 2556 S. 138th St. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to Rejoice Lutheran Church or may be directed to the family.
Faith, Renee, Tammy and family, Beverly and I are deeply sorry for Ray’s passing. As you know we go back to starting college in 1964, and I encouraged him to join Western Electric in 1969. so you can blame that on me. We are praying for all of you, as you must get through this difficult time. God Bless Brian and Beverly
We are shocked and stunned at Ray’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Mrs. Swartz, Reneè, and Tammy, I am so heartbroken over Mr. Swartz passing, as I know you all are. I will always remember his kind, funny, and thoughtful disposition. Many prayers with you all. Love you all.
To the Swartz Family, when I read Brian’s email, I thought Just how hard he fought. So I want you to know the great character and intellect the Gentlemen from Buffalo had such as Ray, Brian Vespucci, Rick Kane, J. Cartenuto and other Buffalonians made my job in Atlanta so much more enjoyable. How proud I am to have known Ray.Please rest assured the Swartz family is in my daily prayers.
To a real gentleman of character I will miss you. I remember the gentlemen such as Brian Vespucci Ray, Rick Kane, j. Cartenuto were as professional and made my job so much easier as I worked in Atlanta with them. I will pray for you each day.
Ray was a dedicated professional and friend, a man that would go out of his way to solve any problem to help the efficiency of a project. I enjoyed working for and with Raymond K. Swartz.
I thank God foe what your husband was to me when I came from Baltimore and gave me the chance to work with him and Jack in 1995. My wife didn’t want to go to Omaha. I love gong to go REjoice to here the music that he had a gift that many could not do. Way God continue to take good care of you. GOD BLESS