James L. Swain

July 12, 1933 – Nov. 2, 2012

A Funeral Mass for James L. Swain will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick‘s Co-Cathedral in Billings. James, 79, died Nov. 2 at Riverstone Hospice in Billings.

He was born July 12, 1933, in Billings, the son of Lawrence B. and Elizabeth Vickery Swain. He attended private schools and graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School.

He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired after 30 years.

After he retired, he spent his time doing what he loved the most, enjoying the outdoors, visiting and making friends. He worked as camp cook in different hunting camps and served as a host in campgrounds and national parks throughout the United States, but primarily in Yellowstone National Park.

Jim retired permanently in 2005 and took up residence in Greybull.

His parents, two sisters, Mary and Charlotte, three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law preceded him in death.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Tim and Char Swain of Eaton, Colo., Brian and Marianne Swain of Billings, Larry and Erika Swain of Bemidji, Minn., and Bill Swain of Waukesha, Wis; daughter and son-in-law, Dan and Mary Ann Richards of Billings; his siblings, Catherine Holt of Snohomish, Wash., John Swain of Marysville, Wash., Shirley Hughes of Escondido, Calif., Rosalie Reimes of Great Falls, Mont., and Aileen Silbernagel of Billings; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery following the Mass.

Donations may be made in Jim’s name to Riverstone Health Hospice Home, Box 1562, Billings, MT 59103.