Donald Swanson, age 72, 520 31st Avenue North, Fargo, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2005, in his home.
Donald Ernest Swanson was born July 3, 1932, in Linton, ND, the son of Ernest and Ada (Saville) Swanson. He grew up in the Braddock, ND, area and graduated from high school in 1950. Following high school, he worked in a grocery store in Steele, ND. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952, and served in Korea. Upon his discharge in 1954, Donald returned home to Bismarck, ND. He worked at National T Grocery Store in the produce department for four years. He then transferred to Minot, ND, for one year, and then to Harvey, ND, for four years. Donald was united in marriage to Sandra Gardner on June 23, 1963, in Rolla, ND. They moved back to Bismarck where Don worked as a salesman at Morrey Allen clothing store for four years. The couple moved to Newell, SD, where Don worked in a grocery store. They later moved to Mott, ND, where he worked at Dick=s Super Valu. They moved to Rolla, ND, in 1969, where Don worked in the Mercantile Clothing Store for almost 20 years. When the store closed, he went to work at Rolla Super Valu for four years. In 1989, they moved to Fargo, where he worked for SunMart and Osco Drug as a janitor. He retired in 1994.
Donald was passionate about square dancing and gardening, especially flowers. He also enjoyed working on puzzles and playing cards. He was a member of the Bismarck Eagles for over 40 years. Donald=s daughter and grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy of Fargo; his daughter, Tanis Laducer (David Azure) of Fargo; four grandchildren, Amanda, Mathew, Chenoa, and Jessa Laducer; one brother, Kenneth (Jean) Swanson of Braddock, ND; and one sister, Janice (Emil) Vetter of Elgin, ND. He is also survived by one niece, two nephews, one great niece, and two great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hope Lutheran Foundation or the North Dakota Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Mandan.
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Hope Lutheran Church, North Campus, in Fargo. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday in Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday in Boulger Funeral Home, and in the church Saturday one hour prior to services. Burial will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND.
Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. Online guestbook available at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com