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Joseph J Swing
(June 29, 1923 - May 26, 2014)

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Joseph J Swing

U.S. Veteran

Joseph J. Swing Jr passed away suddenly on Memorial Day, Monday May 26th in Newberg Oregon. Joe had been living with his daughter BethAnn in Vancouver Washington since early April, following the death of his wife Maxine on March 1st. Joe was born on June 29, 1923 in Detroit, MI to Clara (Gruber) and Joseph Swing Sr.; He was a 1941 graduate of Scott High School where he enjoyed playing football. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force serving during WWII stationed on Tinian Island in the South Pacific. Joe worked for Dana Corporation for 42 years, starting in the Heat Treat plant where he met his future wife, Maxine Bock. He moved through the ranks and ended his career as Sales Manager for Europe and the Middle East, retiring in the early 80’s. This experience allowed him and Maxine the opportunity to live in Paris and London for 10 years and the chance to travel to many countries, making lifelong friends as they went. He was an avid golfer and loved to garden. He loved all dogs, especially Lily, a service dog at The Woodlands at Sunset House where Joe and Maxine lived the last thirteen years of their lives. He was learning to live with five cats in his new home in Vancouver where his official title was Cat Herder. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Kathy (Bob) Langenderfer of Simpsonville SC, BethAnn Bock of Vancouver WA, grandchildren Eric Langenderfer of Chesapeake VA, Amy Langenderfer of Raleigh NC and two great grandsons, Tyler and Adam. He is also survived by his brother John of Maumee and sister Marge Collins of Winter Haven FL. He was predeceased by his parents, wife, and sisters Jean Brown and Madeline Notzka. A memorial for family and friends will be held at a later date with burial in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, 5605 Monroe St., Sylvania OH 43560, the Life Care Fund at Sunset House, 4020 Indian Rd., Toledo OH 43606, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Anyone wishing to send condolences to the family can do so at the or to BethAnn Bock at 4713 NE 41st St., Vancouver WA 98661.

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