Harley Swanson

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Harley R. Swanson, 79, of Fargo, ND died Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Sanford Palliative Care. Harley was born February 20, 1937 in Breckenridge, MN. He grew up on a farm outside of Fairmount, ND and graduated from Fairmount High School in 1955. He earned his Master of Science from NDAC. He married Sharon Ann Scheidegger on May 28, 1960. Harley worked in Plant Science Research for the USDA until he retired in 2000. He was very curious about the world and loved sharing his passions. He did this most notably with his children and grandchildren through frequent camping and exploring expeditions throughout the western US. Harley is survived by his wife, Sharon, son Kevin (Doreen) Swanson, daughter Kristin (Doug) Bakkum and grandchildren Nicole Swanson, Sarah Swanson, Eric Swanson, Amy Bakkum and Dan Bakkum, sister Gloria (Myron) Reese and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Harley and Mabel Swanson, brother Tom (Cynthia) Swanson. There will be a Celebration of Life for Harley at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Boulger Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior. Refreshments following.

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  1. Sharon & Family, so sorry to hear about the passing of Fuzzy, he sure did put up a good fight. Just want you to know your in our thoughts and prayers.
    Don & Judy Peterson

  2. Sorry very sorry to hear of the loss of Harley. As a handball player I enjoyed years of companionship with Harley both on and off the court. Even after he stopped playing we shared the same space at the Y. He often talked of his trips down the Colorado River with family. He really fought hard to fend off his cancer. I will miss him. Am on the east coast next Saturday. Sorry to miss the celebration of his life. Dick Reis

  3. Sharon and Family

    We are sorry to hear of Fuzzy’s passing…. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dean and Connie

  4. I enjoyed our conversations at the Y. Harley was a fun, interesting person to visit with. May he rest in peace.

  5. Clare Schmidt

    We are so sorry for your loss — Fuzzy was a fun guy — May he rest in peace.
    Sharon — you are in our thoughts and prayers

    Clare and George Schmidt

  6. Sharon,

    I am so sorry to read of Fuzzy’s passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Carol Miller Schaefer

  7. Harley , was a privilege to have known you.. One of the few coworkers admired and liked by all.. Take care..

  8. Sharon and family. Sorry to hear of Fuzzy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Pat & Steve Palmer

  9. Just wanted to say goodby to an old softball player. Played for Biochemistry, NDSU , and then Sign & Symbol.
    Patrick Nugent

  10. Sharon and family
    I was sorry to hear of Fuzzy passing . He was a great guy . My sincere sympathy

  11. Our prayers and sympathy are with you during this difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort. God bless.

  12. Great fun to play HB with and fun to be around. Never a dull moment. My condolences to Sharon–a great clerk at the Varsity Mart–and the family.

    Paul Flasch

    Tucson, AZ

  13. Harley was the best friend I had at NDSU, and for good reason. We always seemed to be on the same wave length. Sharon, we’ll keep good thoughts for you and your family.

  14. We are so sorry to hear of your husband, father, and grandfather passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With sincere sympathy, Kate, Bob, and Beth Justice, Colton, SD

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