One of the first members to join the American Veterans for Equal Rights Chicago Chapter (GLBVA/AVER) after the group was founded in 1991, passed away March 10, 2011.
In 1950 Schwed was drafted into the U.S. Army, and sent to Korea where he served his country on the front lines for two years. For many years he was the proud owner of Ron's Original's, a lamp business at 14th & Michigan Ave., Chicago, employing six people making his famous lamps and shades.
For the last several years Ron has been living in the Manteno Veterans Home in Manteno, IL.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 14 at 9 a.m. at Modell Funeral Home, 57th & Kedzie Ave.
Immediately after, he will be buried with full military honors at Abraham Lincoln Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois where
(Submitted by Jim Darby, President, Chicago Chapter, American Veterans for Equal Rights)