Richard Lee Swain

April 01, 1945 ‒ October 15, 2014

Galion, Ohio

Richard Lee Swain, 69, of Galion died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Galion Community Hospital.

Born April 1, 1945 in Ashland County, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Faith (Mackey) Swain. He married Coreen “Corkey” (Price) Swain on April 4, 1964 and she survives.

Richard retired from the United States Air Force after a 22 year career and then worked for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections for 16 years as a telecommunication manager. He was a member of Galion Masonic Lodge 414 Free and Accepted Masons, American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 and Air Force Gunners Association. Richard was an amateur radio operator and a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).

In addition to his wife he is survived by daughter Cori Swain and fiancé Phillip Crowder of Columbus; grandchildren Ayiana and Gunner; brothers John (Jo Ann) Swain and Kenneth (Helen) Swain and sisters Catherine (Denny) Easterday, Bonnie Anschutz and Karen (Paul) Lightfoot all of Galion.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion where services will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Seth Ellis officiating.
Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Richard’s grandchildren’s college fund in care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Richard Swain, and condolences may be made to them at

  • My deepest sympathies to the family. I enjoyed working with Rick through the ARRL Field Org. for a number of years from league headquarters.


  • Uncle Rick, you were a great uncle and friend. I will always remember when you would come home on leave from the Air Force and we would got fishing. I am sorry the last few months were hard on you and sorry I didn’t call. You are in a better place now. Karl and Pam Anschutz

  • A fellow veteran, a fellow Ham, Rick was always considerate and helpful. A true gentleman in all his associations. Rick distinguished his life in service to others with caring and integrity. Rest in peace dear friend. 73

  • Uncle Rick was a wonderful man, we all loved so much. He was a caring and hardworking man who will be missed by all of us. As a fellow USAF veteran, thank you for your service to our country. I will miss your smile. I salute you…..

  • To the Swain family. You are in our thoughts and Prayers. Rick was a great guy and friend. He will be deeply missed.
    May God Bless the whole family.
    Rob Ruth KD8AZQ and Melody KD8CWI

  • I will always remember you as the Uncle that I was so proud of for serving and protecting us. You were always the funny uncle that tickled me until I almost cried. I remember when we came to see you in Michigan and you had to go fly to patrol our air space. I was so proud of you. Rest in peace now. I love you.

  • As kids we were close and even if I didn’t see you much I knew if I needed you that you would be there, I just can’t believe this is real. Are you sure your not pulling April fools joke, like you always liked to do as kids. Love you and you will be deeply missed. Love you. Your cousin Sandi.

  • Uncle Rick, The fond memories are too many to list. You will forever be in our hearts. We love you and will greatly miss you. Love, Terri & Randy

  • To the Swain Family,

    Our deepest sympathy in your loss. He was a very great man and ALL of Ohio respected him and his work with the ARRL OO program.

    The Amateur Radio Operators in Ohio will miss him deeply. I will miss him personally, as that he was my friend.


    Scott, N8SY
    ARRL Ohio Section Manager

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I met Rick through IARC and especially remember him talking to amateur radio classes, sharing his wisdom from his experience as a Ham and OO.

    Katie Danielson, KD8MGB

  • Thanks for being a great Squadron Gunner, a better man and a great friend to all of us baby gunners. You will be missed but never forgotten, until we meet again.

  • Dad,

    Thanks for always being there for us. I know the times you were half a world away you were always close in our hearts the kids love you and thank you for being an awesome grandfather aka Pepaw to them. I thank you for being a great Dad. I
    Know things haven’t been easy lately. You’re at peace now.
    Love Always,
    Mom, Ayiana, Gunner, and Me

  • Dear Swain Family,
    I am so saddened and my heart is heavy as I write this. You have my deepest, heartfelt sympathy. Rick was the best neighbor anyone could ever ask for and an admired man for his integrity and ideals. You are now and will continue to be in my prayers. May God surround you with much love during this difficult time and bring you peace. God bless all of you.

  • My heartfelt sympathies to you all during this difficult time. Rick was a great friend and great neighbor over these 28 years we’ve known each other. We could always count on Rick to keep us informed of bad weather headed our way and several times we used your basement for shelter. During winter snows you knew Rick would be out there snowblowing driveways or loaning his snowblower to others. I always loved our curbside chats. May God bring you comfort and peace!

  • very sorry to hear about Richard I know he will be missed by all who knew him may the Heavenly Father comfort you and all through this which others will follow Isaiah 57-1 says the righteous perisheth and no man layeth it to heart and merciful men are taken away none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come,God blessyou and your family

  • I meet Rick only once but seems like I knew him forever. My condolences Corkey and the Swain family.

  • So sorry for your loss, I went to school with Rick and saw him last year( after many years) and my husband and I had a great time talking with him.. So glad for that and I will miss him and his wisdom that I enjoyed on Facebook! Again so sorry and prayers for all of you.

  • A great brother and Friend we will miss him.hewill be buried at Western Reserve at Rittman,where my granddaughter and I’m lald ?y son and her father to rest lhis past Tuesday,rhe day before Rick passed. Ken and Helen Swain Tavia and Nick Swain

  • So sincerely sorry to read this in the paper today, he was a real gentleman always, and will be missed by all.

  • my deepest sympathy to the family of Rick. you all have had so much heartache recently. May God comfort all of you . Many prayers.

  • Go run in the sun and play on the biggest tower you find in heaven. RIP Richard you were a wonderful friend and a favorite ham of our family. Alan (N7CEU) will miss you and will find you on that tower in heaven in due time. Godspeed to you and your family.


    Alan (N7CEU) and Cheryl (KC8TDU) Cook

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. I was on the Ohio Section Cabinet with Rick. I always enjoyed talking to him. He will truly be missed. You and your family will be in my prayers.

  • So very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was a fellow classmate at Galion. Will miss seeing him on Facebook. Blessings to his family.

  • On behalf of the Hartman family we are saddened at this loss. Are thoughts and prayers are with u all. We thank u for being there for mom and dad when they moved a year ago. You will be missed!!! Rebecca and Dan Filipowicz

  • Corkey and Cori

    I am sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. I have many fond memories of our old neighbors “the Swains” from the K I Sawyer days. Mom and Dad thought very highly of Rick and you. They considered you both good friends.

    The family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


  • Condolences to all of your family from our families.
    Scott and Cori (Laughbam) Dixon,
    Valerie and Benjamin Hart,
    Stephanie and Matthew Binkely,
    Kyle, Katie and Elijah Dixon

  • Corkey, Cori, Ayiana, and Gunner, and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. My prayer is for God to give you strength and comfort in the time ahead. The good memories you have will help. God bless you!

  • Our condolences to Ricks Family. I have spent many hours in Rick’s company enjoying our shared hobby of Ham Radio. We attended Club meetings, club functions , helped with antenna problems. We also spent many enjoyable hours at Hamfests and Field Days. Rick was always available when a fellow Ham needed training or had a technical problem. Our Ham community has lost a great Elmer and Friend. However, good teachers and good Friends are never forgotten. We also remember the Concerts in the Park where our Daughter, Diana enjoyed music performances with Rick and the Band. Rick had many interests and will be missed by all who knew him.

    Sam and Rita Powers
    Williston, SC

  • My condolences go out to the entire Swain family. I have fond memories of our Rock n Roll band we had back in ’59 with Rick playing drums. Rick sent me the only remaining copy of the 45 we cut saying he thought I should have it. He will be missed.

  • Rick, you were the consummate SAC professional and a good friend. Sorry I didn’t get to say goodbye. Thoughts and prayers to the Swain family. You and all of Rick’s friends have suffered a great loss. I will miss him.

  • So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Grief is like the ocean. It comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can learn to do is swim with the tide. Take all the time you need to grieve.