Ronald Edward Swayne, affectionately known as Ron, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2023, at Centerpoint Hospital. He was born on June 18, 1952, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Richard and Shirley Swayne. Ron was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend whose life was marked by resilience, hard work, and an unwavering love for his family.
Growing up in Kansas City, Ron developed a strong work ethic from an early age. After graduating from Ruskin High School, he embarked on a career in steel factories and assembly. His dedication and commitment were unparalleled as he poured his heart into his work every day. Even after retirement, Ron found joy and fulfillment working as a custodian at the Independence School District.
Ron's presence was larger than life – he was such a character with a wealth of knowledge in various domains. He was incredibly educated on many subjects and always came prepared for any situation. Ron's hardworking nature inspired those around him. He approached every task with diligence and took pride in the quality of his work.
When he was not working or spending time with his family, Ron enjoyed pursuing his hobbies and interests. He had a deep fascination with military history and could often be found engrossed in books or documentaries about different wars. Additionally, Ron took great pleasure in caring for his yard meticulously to ensure it was always beautifully maintained.
In his younger years, Ron loved camping and embraced the role of the camp cook with enthusiasm. He had a mischievous side too – enjoying playful antics that brought laughter to those privileged enough to call him a friend or family member.
Ron made an indelible impact through his military service. He bravely served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, defending the values he held dear with honor and patriotism.
Above all else, Ron's proudest accomplishment was his unwavering love for his family. He adored his wife, Kathy, with whom he shared a deep bond of love and companionship. Their relationship was a testament to the enduring power of marriage. Ron was a devoted father to his children, Brandy Rue and husband Shaun, Michael Lambrecht and wife Jessica, and Samuel Swayne. He cherished every moment spent with them and imparted invaluable life lessons along the way.
As a grandfather to Brandon and Jacob Rue, Ron doted on his grandsons and showered them with affection. He delighted in witnessing their growth and celebrated their accomplishments with pride. Ron's love extended beyond his immediate family as he cherished his surviving siblings Richard Swayne and wife Marg, Phillip Swayne, as well as his sister-in-law Christine McPherson, nieces, nephews, extended family, and countless dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Shirley Swayne and sister, Susan Locke.
Ron will be remembered for his exceptional resilience in the face of adversity and his infectious spirit that brought warmth to every room he entered. His passing has left an irreplaceable void in the lives of those who knew him best. However, they find solace in knowing that they were blessed to have shared a part of their journey with such an extraordinary individual.
After a tremendous fight against illness, Ron found peace in the embrace of his loving family who adored him unconditionally. As they bid farewell to a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, let us remember Ronald Edward Swayne for the legacy of love he leaves behind. Though he may no longer be physically present among us, his spirit will forever live on in our hearts and memories.
May we honor him by embracing life with the same unwavering dedication and love that he embodied throughout his remarkable journey.