Manford Swanson

Manford Alfred "Swede" Swanson, 92

Manford Alfred "Swede" Swanson, 92, of Lafayette, formerly of Mulberry, passed away at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at Rosewalk Village. Born July 18, 1920, in Benton County, he was the son of the late Alfred Julius Swanson, an immigrant from Stockholm, Sweden, and the late Manda (Lawson) Swanson of Fountain County. His marriage was to Lorraine Louise Malaska on September 9, 1945, and she preceded him in death on September 3, 1999.

Manford was a graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School. He was a Sergeant in the 543rd Air Service Group of the United States Army serving in Africa and Italy from 1942 to 1945. After WWII, he farmed for many years in Clinton County, retiring in 1982. He drove cars for the Indianapolis Car Exchange from 1989 until 2003. He was a member of American Legion Post 342 at Rossville, Mulberry Community Club, Eagles in Lafayette, and several Lafayette and Frankfort bowling and horseshoe pitching leagues, winning numerous city championships. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Lafayette, where he served on numerous boards and committees.

Surviving are his daughter, Molly Farris (husband Richard) of Cincinnati, OH; and his son, Ned Swanson (wife Sandra) of Lafayette. Also surviving are granddaughter, Sara Bradtmueller (husband Jobey) of Fort Wayne; grandson, Mark Farris (wife Lisa) of Madison, IN; granddaughter, Beth Beaumont (husband Andrew) of Oswego, IL; and grandson, Alan Swanson (wife Dara) of St. Louis, MO. Also surviving are 5 great-grandsons and 3 great-granddaughters. Manford was preceded in death by 6 sisters and 1 brother.

A celebration of Manford's life will be at 10 a.m., Monday, November 12, 2012, at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, with pastors Lore Blinn-Gibson and Larry Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the funeral home, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Lafayette, IN. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 615 N. 22nd Street, Lafayette, IN 47904.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2012