Swanson, Robert D. The funeral services for Robert Douglas Swanson will be held at 11 AM Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Zumbro Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN with interment to be at 12:15 PM on Friday, July 12 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Mr. Swanson, 91 a longtime Rochester resident and retired Elementary School Principal, died Thurs., July 4th in Roseville, MN. Born March 12, 1922 in Minneapolis, MN to Selmer & Goldie (Barrett) Swanson. He received his Masters Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. On January 20, 1945 he married Yvonne J. Olson and she preceded him in death on June 25, 2008. Survivors include a daughter, Simone Cody (Stephen) of Ottawa, Ontario; two sons, Douglas Swanson (Janice) of Mounds View, MN and Dean Swanson (Carolyn) of Appleton, WI; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; along with 2 brothers, Donald Swanson of Golden Valley, MN and William Swanson of Shore- view, MN. Visitation will be held 5-7 PM Wednesday at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Homes and one hour prior to services at Zumbro Lutheran Church on Thursday. Suggested memorials are to Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Dept. or American Cancer Society. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Pl. NW, Rochester, MN 55901, (507) 289-3600. www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.