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James D. Schwab

October 15, 1935 to July 20, 2014


James D. Schwab

On 20 July, 2014, Jim Schwab passed away peacefully in Gresham, Oregon.  Jim was born in Chicago and raised in Joliet, Illinois where he fell in love and married his wife of 56 loving years, Jackie.

Jim graduated from Joliet Township High School.  Soon after he married Jackie and entered the United States Navy where he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lexington as an electronics specialist.  After the Navy, Jim and Jackie returned to Joliet and expanded their family with sons Steve and Greg and daughter Kathy.  While in Joliet, Jim worked for the EJ&E Railroad, insurance, and in electronics while pursuing and completing his college degree.

In the mid-1960s, Jim accepted a job in Portland in the rapidly expanding electronics industry.  He and Jackie fell in love with Oregon and the Northwest and moved their young family there to begin a 48 year adventure.  Jackie worked for the Centennial School District while Jim started a successful small business, merged it with and led the even larger USA Associates, specializing in engineering sales. 

In addition to his professional success, he and Jackie were involved in school events, youth sports, camping and outdoor sports, church events, and loved traveling all over the country.

Jim leaves this world a better place for all who knew and loved him.  He is survived by his wife, sons, daughter and four grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brothers Bill Schwab (Arlington, VA) and Frank Schwab (Venice,  FL), Sister and Brother in-law Jean and Frank Conroy (Joliet, IL), Sister-in-law Mardel Rock (Plainfield, IL), and sister-in-law Patricia Corwin (Evergreen, CO).

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home in Gresham, Oregon. A committal service with military honors will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jim to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at www.michaeljfox.org. Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.