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Raymond Victor Schwanbeck

Posted 2009-01-24 by Judy Wight Branson
The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona
Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Raymond V Schwanbeck, Colonel USAF (Ret), 88, passed away May 3, 2001, in Phoenix. Raymond was born May 16, 1912 in Humboldt, Ariz. to Robert Augustus and Frances Elizabeth (Wedd) Schwanbeck.

He graduated from Ash Fork High School and Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff (Now NAU). During college, he joined the Arizona National Guard. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1934 and became one of the finest B-17 Pilots in the Corps. He served in the 2nd, 19th, 463rd, and 99th Bomb Groups. Upon retirement, after serving his country for 28 years, he returned to his beloved Arizona.

Col. Schwanbeck was honored with induction into the The Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame on April 21, 2001 and he was a member of the retired Officers Association, Order of Daedalians, the 19th Bombardment Association, and The 99th Bombardment Group.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Melouise, brother, Herman, sister, Evelyn, and parents Robert and Francis. He is survived by his wife Bennie Jo, daughters Sue (Art) Meyer of Tucson, Ariz., Melanie (Garl) Bienz of Phoenix, Ariz., son Victor (Betty) Schwanbeck of Tucson, Ariz. and step-son Tony (Pam) Sargent. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, and childhood friend Don Cox.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at A. L. Moore Grimshaw Bethany Chapel.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m., at the Mortuary, 710 West Bethany Home Road.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Arizona, 2222 W. Northern Avenue, Phoenix, Ariz., 85021 or a charity of your choice.

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