Raymond Jerome Swanson, 80, of Minneiska, Minn., died on December 29, 2013.
He was born November 30, 1933, in Minneapolis, Minn., to Lawrence Edgar and Lucille (Newton) Swanson. The family moved to Minneiska, Minn. Ray attended Minneiska grade school, and Cotter High School in Winona, graduating in 1951. On May 23, 1953, Raymond and Patricia A. (Abts) were married in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Winona.
Over the years, he was employed by Northwest Coop Fertilizer Plant in Winona, the Winona Police Dept., Railroad, and Gould National Batteries in Lake City, retiring from AT&T and Qwest Telephone Company after 20 years.
Raymond’s community service included 20 years with the Rollingstone Volunteer Fire Dept., Rollingstone City Council member, and delivering senior citizen meals.
He enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing cards (especially schafkopf), hunting duck and geese on annual trips to Canada, as well as deer hunting with all his boys, and trips to Hawaii and Alaska.
He is survived by five sons: Larry (Diane), Don, Gene (Lori), Ken (Debra), and Mike (Jeni); four daughters: Lauritz (Brian) Sense, Rindy (Bob) Mulheron, Verna (Kent) Crary, and Cheryl (Rick) Muras; brothers: Jerry (Bonnie), Richard (Jackie), Dennis (Patricia), Robert (Marge); brothers in law: Jerry (Judy) Abts; Frankie (Mary) Abts, sisters in law: Katherine Diepenbrock, Rose (Terry) Currie; 34 grandchildren: Anna (Luke), Scott (Katie), Tiffany (Scott), Kathy, Brandon (Kim), Adrian, Devin, Ken (Jess), Don (Casey), Ryan (Kayla), Desi, Nathan, Corey (Kim), Tyler, Derrick, Nicole (Chris), Colton, Shane (Jeanine), Trisha (Andy), Chad (Amber), Jessica, Riley, Kaley, Spencer, Ashley (Jason), Kyle, Christina (Ryan), April (Ehren), Nicholas, Josh (Whitney), Tyler (Sam), Ben, Amanda, Patricia, James; 29 great-grandchildren, with five more expected this summer, and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in- law, brother, Harold, sister, Patricia, great-granddaughter, Brittany, and many aunts and uncles.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Minneiska.
Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home, Winona.