James C. Swain, 82, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 22, 2012.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Iris Opal Boso and Archie Cleo Swain. His brother, Howard Cleo Swain, and two sisters, Anita Yvonne Swain Neal and Imogene Beryl Swain Faggart, and his loving wife Milli.
He is survived by his son, James Scott Swain and his wife, Nicole; his granddaughter, Sienna of South Euclid, Ohio; and his loving dog, Honey Bear.
Jim was born on July 8, 1930, in Parkersburg, W.Va. Jim was an honors student at Parkersburg High School and a graduate of Purdue University with a mechanical engineering degree. He was married to Mildred Bobak on Oct. 18, 1952. After living in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Longview, Texas, they came to Columbus in 1960. Jim and Milli for the next 50 years made their home on Mowntview Road in Upper Arlington.
Jim spent most of his professional career at Battelle Memorial Institute where he exhibited his brilliance in the innovation of inventions which led to numerous United States Patents. He is credited with the creation of the Arctic Overland Train, Iron Bryon-Mechanical Golfer and the Gas Engine Heat Pump. He spent much of his recent years golfing, fishing and woodworking. He is loved and will be missed very much by his family. Friends may call on Friday, Oct. 26 from 4-7 p.m. or Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at the Egan-Ryan Northwest Chapel, 4661 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio, where the funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. Visit www.gan-ryan.com to send condolences.