LAVERNE H. SWANSON, 79, of Alpha passed away at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Monday, November 22, 2010. Funeral service will be Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson with Pastor Lance Isaacson officiating. Military honors will be held at the Church after the service.
Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 7 PM at the Church and on Saturday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Mount Carmel Minitires or Trinity Lutheran College.
LAVERNE “BUD” HILBERT SWANSON was born on January 9, 1931, on the family century farm in Enterprise Township, Jackson County, Minnesota, the son of Hilbert and Ruth (Anderson) Swanson. He attended rural school and graduated from the Jackson High School in 1949. He then attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On November 6, 1954, he was united in marriage to Lois Muriel Faust in Valley City, North Dakota. They moved to Tacoma, Washington where he was stationed at Fort Lewis while serving in the US Army. In 1955 they moved back to Minnesota where they farmed and raised a family. They ran a 15,000 laying hen operation for 15 years. He farmed until 1986, when he then took on numerous maintenance jobs at the Okoboji Bible Camp, the Osceola Bible Camp, and the Jackson Good Samaritan. Bud also worked at the Clear Lake I-90 Rest Stop from 1999-2009. He retired from the Jackson Good Samaritan Home on November 19, 2010. On November 22, 2010, Bud passed away at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the age of 79 years.
Bud was Baptized and Confirmed at the First Lutheran Church in Trimont, Minnesota. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Jackson. He served on the Church Board, taught Sunday School, and sang in the church choir. Bud was a quiet man but always kept himself busy. He especially liked chopping wood for the fire place.
Bud is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois Swanson of Alpha, Minnesota, his children, Ken (Chris) Swanson of St. James, Minnesota, Pam (Tim) Williams Firestone, Colorado, Janell (Sheldon) Johnson of Alpha, Minnesota, Angela (David) Ruhter of Austin, Minnesota, 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Leona (Oscar) Seim of Jackson, Minnesota, Dorothy Bender of Wisheck, North Dakota, and a brother, Donald (Jean) Swanson of Alpha, Minnesota.