Robert Tim Swain, 85, was born to Elma and Lamar Herman Swain in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 30, 1928 and passed away on November 2, 2013. He moved to Billings, Montana in 1933, attended McKinley, Broadwater, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Senior High schools, graduating with the Class of 1946. He witnessed the Yale Oil Refinery, Northern Hotel, and O’Malley Lumber fires while attending school in addition to the great Billings flood. He played American Legion baseball under Coach Archie Cochrane and participated in various independent baseball and basketball teams while in high school. He attended Eastern Montana College of Education, 1946-1947, and Montana State College, 1947-1950, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
Bob was a member of the Latter Day Saints and First United Methodist churches and joined the Sigma Chi fraternity while at Montana State.
After graduation from college, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and while in the service he met his wife, Darlean Wilson, and was married on November 25, 1951. A son, Robert Gale, was born in 1952. Bob was discharged from the Air Force in September 1953 and returned to Billings to raise his family. A second son, James Wilson, was born in 1954 and a daughter, Janet Lynn, was born in 1956. Bob was a quiet and humble man, a loving husband, a dedicated father and grandfather, an avid bowler, and a Breakfast Kiwanis member.
He was employed by several Billings businesses, namely Hanlon Starter and Battery (during high school), Curley & Carrol Electric and Curley-Naylor Electric (1950-1960), General Electric Co. (1961-1976), and Yellowstone Electric (1976-1991) at which time he and Darlean retired and spent half their time in a small vacation home in Kingston, Washington and the other half in Billings. While employed with the various electrical companies, Bob was involved with the construction of the U.S. Bank (Midland), Yellowstone County Courthouse, Deaconess Hospital, Sheraton Hotel, the SAGE Defense Building at Malmstrom Air Force Base, and Skyview High School. Also, from 1980 to 1985, Bob and Darlean owned and operated the Ramblin Rolls coffee shop in downtown Billings.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Doug Swain, and his sister Ferris Eames. He is survived by his wife Darlean, son and daughter-in-law Rob and Pam Swain, son and daughter-in-law Jim and Jo Swain, daughter and son-in-law Janet and Martin Alberson; grandchildren Brittany, Ben, and Kenneth Alberson and Dennis (Phyllis), Hannah (Dustin), and Haley Swain; great-grandchildren Rowan Mason Kincaid and Brittney Jamieson; and special nephews Bob and Dave Eames and Tim, Tom, and Steve Swain.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 6th, at First United Methodist Church. Cremation has taken place. Bob and the family request that memorial donations be sent to Special K Ranch, a favorite project of Bob’s, or First United Methodist Church.
A special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Frontier Cancer Center and St. Vincent Hospital.