James Schwan

November 21, 1951 - January 23, 2024

Jim Schwan passed away on January 23, 2024 at the age of 72. Jim was born and raised in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and was predeceased by
parents, Charlotte Galton and Richard Schwan.

He is survived by his wife, Colleen Becker, as well as several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

Jim served in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1975 and participated, as a crewman aboard the USS Kirk, in the evacuations of Cambodia and South Vietnam during his first year of his enlistment.
For his service, he received the Vietnam Service Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy “E” Ribbon, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Humanitarian Service Medal,
and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

He loved his family, his community, animals, sports, music, antique scales, vintage machines, old advertising pieces, upstate New York, and the many places he was so fortunate to have
visited and worked around America and the world. He cherished his friends and held a special place in his heart for people of character, honesty, humor, humility, kindness, modesty, integrity, and honor.

Visitation will be at Bucktrout Funeral Home, Williamsburg, from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 1st. Burial will be private, and held at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heritage Humane Society, Williamsburg, https://heritagehumane.org/donate/.

Celebration of Life

Thursday, February 1, 2024
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • February 01, 2024
    John and Pam Dunning says:
    Colleen, our deepest sympathy for your loss of Jim. He was a wonderful person and a caring and helpful neighbor. He will be greatly missed by our community.

  • January 31, 2024
    Rick Balentine says:
    Every now and then a human being comes along and enriches all the lives they choice to touch. That was Jimmy.

  • January 30, 2024
    Scott Ketterman says:
    James was a kind and a good man that always had a smile and a laugh for everyone. He was a mentor and a longtime friend. Will miss him dearly. Thoughts and prayers for the Schwan family.

  • January 28, 2024
    James Todt says:
    I consider it an honor to have known and worked with Jim. His easy-going attitude and kind spirit will be deeply missed. Thoughts and prayer for the family.

  • January 27, 2024
    Nancy and Sam McPhail says:
    Colleen and extended family, still waters run deep. Jim was quiet yet so talented and upright. We are grateful for his service to our country, not only through his Naval service but also his contractural work with the military. We are saddened by your loss and hold you close our hearts. Love, Nancy and Sam McPhail.