Richard Atwater Swartz, Sr. (1920 - 1987)

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Torrance, CA
Cause of death: Congestive heart failure

Cause of death

Congestive heart failure

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Last Known Residence

Torrance, Los Angeles County, California USA

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Trolley car driver, Accountant in Aircraft Industry

Military Service

U.S. Navy, WWII

Middle name

Atwater

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Ethnicity

Caucasian

Nationality

United States

Religion

Evangelical Christian

Gender

Male

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Alice Swartz Richard A. Swartz, Sr. was my father. He was born May 15, 1920 in Vienna, Virginia to Rexford Knowlton Swartz Sr. and Ina Elizabeth Atwater, the fourth of five children. His siblings were Rexford Jr., Dorothy, Ethel, and Mildred, and the family was raised in Falls Church, Virginia.

Dad was briefly married before WWII. After the war, he left the Navy, moved to Los Angeles, and became a trolley car driver. He met my mother, Dorothy Morrison, a waitress at Tiny Naylor's restaurant, in late 1945, and they were married by a Justice of the Peace on May 22, 1946. After paying the JOP, they had exactly one nickel left between them. Mom's boss at a market gave her a wedding gift of half a pound of bologna, so that's what they ate for dinner that night.

Dad eventually got a job with Northrop Corporation in Hawthorne, California as an accountant. They moved to Torrance, California in 1954, where he lived the rest of his life. They had four children: Knowlton (died at birth, 1958), Richard Jr. (1959), Alice (1961), and Ina (1964).
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