Dwight H. Swanson
Dwight Harold Swanson, 94, of Urbandale, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 16, 2014 while a resident at Deerfield Retirement Community. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM at McLaren's Resthaven Chapel, 801 19th Street, West Des Moines, with private entombment in the Resthaven Mausoleum at a later date. Visitation will be Monday, May 19, 2014 at McLaren's Chapel from 5 to 7 PM.
Dwight was born on August 13, 1919 in Princeton, MN; the son of Arthur and Signe Odelius Swanson. He grew up on the family farm near Milaca, MN where he learned the value of hard work and education. He graduated from Milaca High School in 1937 and joined the US Navy the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served in Newfoundland, Okinawa and aboard the USS Bering Strait in the Pacific Theatre. Dwight married Audrey Carolyn Myers on May 30, 1946. He had met Audrey at her church in Washington, DC in the spring of 1942 and courted her while overseas.
Dwight graduated from Purdue University in 1948 with a degree in electrical engineering—a degree that he completed in just a little over two years. He worked for various public utilities until arriving in Des Moines in 1969 where he served as the president of Iowa Power and Light Company until his retirement in 1984. Dwight placed his priorities in life to be faith, family and work. In his spare time, Dwight enjoyed golfing and fishing, and was a true adventurer as he and Audrey traveled both domestically and internationally. Following retirement, Audrey and Dwight served three years with Campus Crusade for Christ in keeping with Dwight's passion for missions. Dwight often quoted a passage from 2nd Corinthians, "We are not afraid, but are quite content to die for then we shall be at home with the Lord."
Dwight is survived by his children, Mark (Jane) Swanson of West Des Moines and Nancy (Max) Johnson of Highlands Ranch, CO; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, David (Sonia) Swanson of Payson, AZ and a sister, Carol Dunaway of Rockford, IL; and a special companion, Marion Hengesteg. He was preceded in death by the love of his life of 54 years, Audrey and two brothers, Wilbur and Gene.
As a show of sympathy, the family suggests memorial contributions be directed to First Baptist Church, Johnston, Iowa. On-line condolences may be expressed at www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com.
Published in Des Moines Register from May 18 to May 20, 2014