Richard Harold Swanson

January 2, 1932 ~ January 26, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old


Richard "Dick" Swanson, age 91, passed away peacefully at his home in Independence, MN on January 26th. Dick was born on January 2, 1932 to Charles & Tabitha Swanson in Duluth, MN. He graduated from Denfeld High School in 1950 & enlisted in the US Air Force, serving in the Korean War. Following his service, Dick went on to pursue a business degree from the University of Minnesota. He worked for General Mills for 32 years, retiring in 1994. Dick had a lifelong passion for the Boundary Waters & the Gunflint Trail, taking numerous canoe trips with his children & friends. He was able to enjoy his retirement years on Devil Track Lake, 10 miles up the Gunflint Trail from Grand Marais, MN.  Dick is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie & Bessie Swanson; his siblings, Robert Swanson, Doris Lee, Donald Swanson, Thomas Swanson & Lorraine Martin; and his son, Cory Swanson. He is survived by spouse Sheila Swanson; children Tim (Sandy) Swanson, Kim Harris, Greg (Chris) Swanson; grandchildren Michelle Harris, Keaton Kronberg, Erin Swanson, Tyra Swanson, Amanda Swanson, Annika Swanson, Ben Swanson, Anna Swanson & Josh Swanson.  A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 4th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Choo Choo Restaurant & Bar, 160 Railroad Street W, Loretto, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to MN DNR.

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Celebration of Life Open House
March 4, 2023

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Choo Choo Bar
160 Railway Street West
Loretto, MN 55357


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