Randolph Lee Swanson, 74 of Bradenton Florida died on Monday, May 1,
2023 at HCA Doctors Hospital in Sarasota after a brief illness.
Randy was born on August 20, 1948, son of the late Forrest and Lillian
Swanson. He married his second wife Karen Leonard, who predeceased
him in January 2023
Randy was a Boy Scout in Troop 4 in Front Royal attaining the rank of Life
Scout. He was a member of the Order of the Arrow and often talked about
being a camp counselor and member of the O A Dance Team at Camp
Rock Enon in Gore, Virginia.
He graduated in 1967 from The John S. Mosby Academy in Front Royal VA
Randy served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1972 where he was an airplane
mechanic, and went on to earn a Certificate in Criminal Justice in 1976
from Allegany Community College, (now the Allegany College of Maryland)
In addition to law enforcement, he had several careers in the course of his
working life. He was a “people person” and didn’t really know a stranger.
He enjoyed football, especially Washington Redskin Football and in more
recent years Bingo and Poker in his community in Florida. He was not a
“technology” guy and resented the need to do so much on the phone or by
computer. He loved to laugh and make others laugh and was always telling
a joke or two.
Randy kept his faith quiet but enjoyed sharing it in one-to-one settings and
normally when you least expected it. He loved to share Jesus to those he
felt needed it most.
He was incredibly proud of his grandchildren and given the chance, would
tell you all about them. He taught his children and grandchildren how to
play chess and would challenge them to play whenever he got to visit.
Left to cherish his memory include his daughter Rebecca L. Swanson Stern
(David) of Winchester, VA, and two sons Philip R. Swanson of Winchester,
VA and Robert J. Swanson (Serene) of Hagerstown, MD
His grandchildren: Jennifer Swanson of Winchester, VA; Cole Swanson of
Moorefield, WV; Garrett Swanson of San Antonio, TX; Paige Peterson of
Dillsburg, PA; and Sarah E Stern of Winchester VA.
One Brother, Richard L. Swanson (Connie) of Blacksburg, VA; and two
sisters: Barbara J. Woodward of Silver Spring, MD; and Charlotte
Swanson Smith (Charley) of Winchester VA; Five nephews, eight nieces
and their families.
Randy is preceded in death by his brothers George Swanson of
Massachusetts, Thomas Swanson of South Carolina and sisters Elizabeth
Betty (Swanson) Ondish of Pennsylvania ; and Patricia A. Swanson
(Ondish) of Virginia
Service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later time. Arrangements
are being handled by All Veterans All Families Funeral Homes of Sarasota
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