Swanson, Lt. Col. (ret.) USAF Stanley Runyan, age 85, born December 19, 1927 in Marietta, Ga. Died suddenly July 14, 2013 at his home near Lompoc, Ca. Son of Mae Runyan Swanson and James H. Swanson, Stan married Margaret R. Phelps of Spokane, WA in 1954. He was an Eagle Scout, avid hunter, fisherman, small arms expert marksman and conservationist. He joined the US Navy in 1945; graduated US Naval Academy 1952; USAF 1952 to 1980; fighter pilot, EB-66 pilot and Assistant Air Attaché to France. Stan served his country with honor in Newfoundland, Labrador, Thailand and France. Distinguished Flying Cross Air Medal w/11 devices, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Chevalier de l’Ordre National Du Me’rite de la Re’publique Francaise. Survived by his wife, children; Victoria C., Stanley R., Jr., Margaret E.(Peggy) and Catherine M. Swanson, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, brother, James H. Swanson, Jr., sister, Kay Swanson Cook, labs, Smokey and Portia. Member KA Fraternity. Anglican. No services. Inurnment at the United States Naval Academy Columbarium. Memorial remembrances may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project Canine Companions for Independence, www.cci.org. Arrangements under the direction of Starbuck-Lind Mortuary, Lompoc, Ca.
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