RONALD DEE SWENSON ROANOKE, Va. - Ronald Dee Swenson of Roanoke, VA, passed from this life on Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Salem, VA from complications of pulmonary disease. He was born December 26, 1933, in Decatur, Illinois. He lived in Roanoke for the last 38 years. A native of Rockford, Ill., Ron graduated from West High School, then received a BA in English from Beloit College
in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army at Fort Devens, Massachusetts 1956-59. Ron worked his entire career in sales in the security lock industry. He worked for National Lock in Rockford, IL and Jamestown, NY, Coin Laundry Equipment Co. in Pensacola, Fla., and Medeco Security Locks in Salem, Va. His passion for books, reading, and people blossomed during retirement through his part-time work at Roanoke County Libraries and volunteer work with the Roanoke Valley Literacy Volunteers of America. Ron is predeceased by his parents, Donald Wilbur and Velma Ann (Chritton) Swenson. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Alice "Faye" Swenson of Roanoke; daughter, Nancy (& Bill) Haigh of Fairmont, MN; sons, Patrick (& Georgia) Harvey of Blacksburg, VA and Steven (& Theresa Dellinger) Swenson of Christiansburg, VA; and 5 grandchildren. Funeral at noon, Wednesday, March 20. Both are at Simpson Funeral Home, Roanoke, VA. (540) 366-0707.