Born: May 20, 1950 - Deceased: September 21, 2022
Raymond John Swedo, 72, of Coulterville, IL, born May 20th, 1950, in E. St. Louis, IL, passed to life eternal on Wednesday, September 21st, 2022, at St. Louis University Hospital surrounded by his beloved wife and children. After attending Althoff Catholic High School, Ray joined the Army; serving in Germany as a tank mechanic. After his military service, he worked as an auto-mechanic; building Swedo Auto Body in Swansea, IL. Throughout Rays life, he practiced many trades, including commercial contracting and an aspiring farmer. Ray was an avid sportsman. He loved fishing, boating, camping, and spending countless hours with his grandchildren. He enjoyed bowling, watching the races, and loved his cars and Harley’s. Ray was a member of Trinity Biddleborn United Church of Christ, in Marissa, IL, serving on the church council and participating in many different ministries. Ray was a papa and a dad to not only his children, but to all of his friends’ children as well. Ray was a member of ABATE and enjoyed spending time with his biker brothers; befriending all and never meeting a stranger.
Ray was preceded in death by his:
- Parents: John and Mary Swedo, Jr.
- Nephew Ronnie Morningstar.
Ray is survived by his:
- Beloved wife of twenty-five years, Barb Swedo (nee Lynch) of Coulterville, IL
- Jaime (Mark) Little of Smithton, IL
- Kristin (Patrick) Jackson of Smithton, IL
- Son, Adam Swedo of Smithton, IL
- Tanner Little
- Trent Little
- Connor Jackson
- Riley Jackson
- Mason Swedo
- Sam Swedo
- Sister, Jane (Ron) Morningstar of St. Charles, MO
- Brother, Don (Meridith) Swedo of San Diego, CA.
- Many nieces and nephews
Services have been entrusted to Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Biddleborn United Church of Christ, at 5698 Biddleborn Rd, Marissa, IL 62257.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 11am-1pm on Saturday, September 24th, 2022, at Trinity Biddleborn United Church of Christ at 5698 Biddleborn Rd, Marissa, IL 62257.
Funeral: Service will be held at 1pm on Saturday, September 24th, 2022, at Trinity Biddleborn United Church of Christ at 5698 Biddleborn Rd, Marissa, IL 62257, with Rev. Tarrah Vaupel officiating. Burial will follow at Biddleborn Memorial Cemetary with a funeral luncheon immediately following, sponsored by the Holy Ghost and Trinity United Churches of Christ Women’s Guild.