In Memory

Norman Lee Swoboda

Victoria: Norman Lee Swoboda, age 68, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009.  He was born April 18, 1941 in Victoria to Albina Cuba and John Swoboda Sr.

Norm graduated from the University of Texas in 1965 with a mechanical engineering degree.  He was a lifetime employee of Victoria Machine Works.  Beginning his developing diamond mining equipment for Capetex (Pty) Ltd.  He traveled worldwide for VMW, where he was an engineer and an expert in hydraulics, electronics and custom design.  He served on the Nathional Safety Council for Hyperbaric Chambers.

He Service on the Board of Directors for the Boy's Club, and the Airport Commission.  He obtained his pilots's license in the early 1970's and traveled extensively.  He was member of the First Baptist church of Goliad.  He was rancher in Goliad County, and enjoyed hunting with his family, and dancing.

Norm is survived by this wife, Charlotte Swoboda; children, Stacy (Bob) Jordison of Auburn, Wash., Derick (Joanna)Swoboda of Victoria, Kurt (Tracy) Swoboda of Hallettesville, Dean Louis Turner (Yvette) of Oklahoma City, and John Lance (Julie) Turner of San Antonio; mother, Albina Cuba Swoboda of Victoria; sisters, Judy (John) Hasse of Austin, Diane (Joe) Baraglia of Nebraska, and Joanne (Bill) Sparkes of Houston; brother, John (Gerrie) Swoboda, Jr, of Victoria; and grandchildren, Brooke and Brittany, Jesi Jo, and Mary Kate, Dalton, Aston, and Breyton, and Drew.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Swoboda, Sr; and his brother, Allen Ray Swoboda.

Visitation held Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 at Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria.                     Funeral services  Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 at First Baptist Church, Victoria, TX with the Rev. Jay Fleming officiating. Burial at Memorial Gardens, Victoria, TX

Pallbearers; David Swoboda, Darrell Swoboda, Greg Swoboda, Tommy Dillard, Sammy Klekar, and Mike Sallas.  Honorary pallbears; the Noah Class of First Baptist Church, Goliad, TX.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brain Injury Association of TExas, 316 W. 12th Street, Suite 405, Austin, TX, 78701, 800-392-0400.

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09/10/09 02:54 PM #1    

Mike Abernathey

One super friend and person. Norman and I had a long talk at the reunion. It is hard to believe he is gone. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

09/12/09 06:02 PM #2    

"Rick" Remmel William Henry, Jr (Jr)

I am deeply saddened to hear of Norman's death. While I remember this fine man well from school days, it has been years since I've had any contact with any other than about 3 of my old classmates. I guess we all travel to the 4 winds in our careers and varied lives. But I pray his family will be blessed and comforted by God during this time, and in the days to come. Yet another classmate who will be sorely missed. A great talented, and intelligent man, I will remember Norman as an exceptionally brilliant guy, and good human being. May he rest in peace.

09/13/09 05:58 PM #3    

Joye Oliver (Tripson)

So grateful to have seen Norman, even for a short time at our 50th reunion. Standing tall, wearing his cowboy hat, clenching that cigar, he looked like he was really glad to be with us. Glad to have met his lovely wife, Charlotte.
We will miss Norman at our next reunion.
Joye Oliver Tripson

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