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Robert James Swenson, age 88, went to live with his Heavenly Father on December 2, 2012.
He was born and raised in Snoqualmie Falls on June 23, 1924, to Ralph and Hazel Swenson.
From 1944 to 1946, he served as a U.S. Marine.
He later married Wanda Thompson, also of Snoqualmie. They had four children, and later divorced. They are Bob (Robin) Swenson of Lake Tapps, Washington, Jim (Patty) Swenson of Port Angeles, Sue (Bruce) Beamer of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Sharon Yakanak of Anchorage, Alaska.
In 1969, he moved to Port Angeles with his youngest son, Jim. There, he met Lola Locke, and they were married on September 15, 1972. She also had four children. They are Earl (Vicki) Locke of Glendale, Arizona, Berl (Kelly) Locke of Phoenix, Arizona, Gala (Bill) Case of Clifton, Colorado, and Mavis (Joe) Bounds of Grand Junction, Colorado.
While in Washington, Bob worked as a lumber grader at Weyerhaeuser in Snoqualmie, an inspector at Boeing in Seattle and owned Bob's Exxon in Port Angeles. In 1989, he retired as a custodian at Monroe Elementary in Port Angeles, and he and his wife moved to Grand Junction.
In Port Angeles, both he and Lola were longtime members of Lighthouse Christian Center and then Grand Junction longtime members of Bethel Assembly of God. He was proud to be a veteran and was a member of his local VFW.
Bob saw his Heavenly Father in everything in life and especially enjoyed family, gardening, painting, singing and nature.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, two sisters and one grandson.
He is survived by his wife, and together, their eight children, one sister, 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Robert was held in Grand Junction. Internment, with honors, was at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Dec. 12, 2012