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DUDLEY WARNER SWANSON, 83 ROCKFORD - Dudley Warner Swanson, 83, of Rockford passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at SwedishAmerican Hospital. He was born January 21, 1931, in Rockford, the son of Bert and Nancy Swanson. He graduated from East High School, class of '48. Dudley had two long marriages. He married Connie Layng in Rockford on June 9, 1991. He and his first wife, Mae, were married on November 23, 1950. She predeceased him in 1989. He was a firefighter for the Rockford Fire Department for over 30 years, retiring in 1982, as a lieutenant. He received a Certificate of Recognition from the American National Red Cross for Extraordinary Personal Action when he rescued 3 children from the second story of their burning home as an off-duty firefighter. He was a member at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church where he served as head usher and a member of the Property Committee. He took it upon himself to carry out many of the church's maintenance responsibilities. It was rare for him to find something he couldn't fix. Dudley loved fishing, hiking, woodworking, and spending time at the cottage he built on Elsie Lake in Lac du Flambeau, WI. He will be remembered as a very loving and selfless man. Survivors include his wife, Connie; two children, Steven Swanson and Glenda (Kyle) Niffenegger; grandson, Garik Niffenegger; stepchildren, Larry (Carol) Layng, Jeff Layng, Lisa (Steve) Carter, Kathryn (David) Hwang and Dan (Chris) Layng; step-grandchildren, Ben, Ian, Abby, Brad (Becky), Bryn, Noah, Eva, Zach and Josh; great-grandchild, Leah; sisters, Judi Lindquist and Kay (Jim) Phillip; brother, Tim Swanson; sister-in-law, Dinah Swanson. Predeceased by his parents; wife, Mae; and brother, Rodney. Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2014, in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4700 Augustana Dr., Rockford, Illinois 61107, with Pastor Kenn Storck officiating. Visitation from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday, August 3, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, 1860 S. Mulford Road. Visitation also from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Monday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Gloria Dei or Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 2903 STH 155 Sayner, Wisconsin 54560. Express online condolences at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2014
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