Dean Swanson

Dean Morris Swanson, 66, of Finlayson, died Friday, June 24, 2011 at his home.

Dean was born on Nov. 11, 1944 in Grandy, Minn. to Levon and Esther (Forslund) Swanson. He attended Cambridge High School and graduated in 1962.  He lived in Cambridge, Coon Rapids and Finlayson most of his life.  In 1962 he was united in marriage to Marilynne “Lynne” Craigmile in Rush Point, Minn.

Dean worked as a machinist and a truck driver.  He was a member of the Finlayson/Giese Lions Club, the Finlayson Community Club and Finlayson United Methodist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, vacations in Hawaii, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Dean is preceded in death by his father Levon Swanson, nephew Ron VanSickle, and brother-in-law Gary Lund.

He is survived by his wife Lynne; son Doug (Lori) Swanson of Eden Prairie, Minn.; his daughter Lisa (Roy) Wichman of Blaine, Minn.; and son Dean (Kimberly) Swanson of Forest Lake, Minn.; his sister Jan (Don) VanSickle of Cambridge, Minn.; his brother Jim (LaDonna) Swanson of Princeton; grandchildren Ron (Megan) Swanson, Amanda Swanson, Justin Swanson, Joshua Swanson, Brianna Swanson, Kory Skoug, Jared Swanson, Paige Swanson; his great-grandchildren Brooklynn Swanson and Ryse Swanson. Baby Bear will miss her best friend who never left his side. He is also survived by many other close relatives and friends.

The family is forever grateful for the outstanding, compassionate, and loving care provided by Dr. Sande, and nurses Barb, Dana, and Jenny from the Moose Lake Hospital Cancer Center.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at the Finlayson United Methodist Church with Rev. Robin Blair officiating.  Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. at the church. Music will be provided by Robin Blair and Astrid Serfin. Honorary Urn Attendants are Dean’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements by Methven Funeral Home.