Richard "Dick" Douglas Schwein

March 6, 1937 ~ October 15, 2021 (age 84)


           Richard Douglas (“Dick”) Schwein of Asheville, North Carolina, passed Friday, October 15, 2021. He was eighty-four.

            Dick was born March 6, 1937, to the late Lillian Florence Hutchinson Schwein and Ralph Joseph Schwein in Cincinnati, Ohio. Before moving to Asheville, he spent time living in Washington, DC; Birmingham, Alabama; Lindenwold, New Jersey; Cleveland, Ohio; San Juan, Puerto Rico and El Paso, Texas. He served in the United States Air Force National Guard, and had a distinguished career as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He received the FBI’s highest award for bravery, the Medal of Valor. In retirement, Dick wrote a series of fourteen FBI thrillers featuring Special Agent Ben Douglas. Dick was a member of El Paso and Asheville’s Lions Clubs, and a member of the Methodist Church at which he sang in choirs. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.

            In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Jean Schwein Osner. 

            He is survived by his wife, Florence Elizabeth Douglass Schwein; children, Richard Douglas Schwein, Jr., of Orlando, Florida, and Valerie Beth Schwein Jordan and her husband, Leland G. Jordan, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida; and by his grandchildren, Tyler Joseph Baron and Cameron James Baron both of Stephens City, Virginia; Kayla Elizabeth Schwein of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Courtney Ann Schwein of Arden, North Carolina.

            Memorials may be made to Givens Estates Residents Assistance Ministry (Givens Estates, 2360 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, North Carolina 28803). The family extends sincere thanks to the staff and fellow-residents of Givens Estates who were always supportive with comfort and kindness!

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