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Richard Swaim

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Richard H. Swaim, 88, died Aug. 31, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born Sept. 27, 1918, in Memphis, Tenn., son of the late George H. and Anne Dickson Swaim, he attended high school in Kansas City, Mo. and graduated in 1937 from Central Methodist University. He entered the banking profession in Kansas City at Columbia National Bank where he held several positions until he joined the FDIC as a bank examiner in 1942. He served as vice-president and cashier of the Bank of Independence from 1947 until 1958 when he was employed by the First National Bank of Cape Girardeau as executive vice-

president. He was elected president of the bank in 1961 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1983. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and served 26 months overseas in the Finance Department. He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer, a member of the administrative council and the chancel choir.

He was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for the state of Missouri by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1953 and was president of the Missouri Bankers Association in 1968. He was a member of the Appellate Judicial Commission for six years, a member of Cape Downtown Rotary, a member of the Tower Club and had a Thursday men's lunch group at the Cape Girardeau Country Club for many years. He is a past board member of Missouri State Chamber of Commerce, past board member of Greater Cape Girardeau Development Corp., past board member of St. Francis Medical Center and past member of the Board of Governors of the Cape Girardeau Country Club.

On April 6, 1941, he married Mildred Smith, who survives of the home.

Other survivors include: one son, Robert Swaim of Springfield, Ill.; one daughter, Kathy Swaim Boldrey of Sikeston; two grandsons, Dr. Andrew Boldrey of Sikeston and Aaron Boldrey of Sikeston; one granddaughter Jenny Keppler of Springfield, Ill., one great-grandson, Brady Keppler; and one sister, Anne Fritts of Sand Springs, Okla.

One brother and one sister preceded him in death.

Services were held Monday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home. The Rev. Jeff Long officiated.

Entombment followed in Memorial Park Mausoleum with full military rites by Missouri Honor Guard.


Memorial contributions

may be made to:

Centenary UMC

300 N. Ellis St.

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

or

Chateau Girardeau

3120 Independence St.

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701