PETERSBURG - James Swanson, 77, of Petersburg, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at St. John's Hospital.
He is survived by wife Nancy; his children, Christine (Kermit) Walden of Lafayette, Ga., Robert Swanson of Springfield, Ill., and David Swanson of Coppell, Texas; granddaughters, Melissa Rowlls and Stacey Walden; great-granddaughter, Morgan Rowlls; great-grandson, Mason Page.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William Swanson.
Mr. Swanson was born February 1, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Rudolph W. and Freda Kohn Swanson.
He married Nancy Brown on May 5, 1962, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Springfield, Illinois.
Mr. Swanson graduated from Mound City Community High in Mound City, Illinois, in 1953 and later graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1957.
He worked at Pehlman and Dold in Springfield, Illinois, from 1958 through 1963, International Harvester from 1963-1970, Ernst & Ernst in Springfield, Illinois, from 1970-1974, Hulcher Services, Inc., in Virden, Illinois, and Denton, Texas, from 1974 until his retirement in 2001.
Mr. Swanson is a member of the Cantrall United Methodist Church, American Institute of CPA's, and was a past-member of Illinois and Texas Societies of CPA's.
He served for the Illinois Army National Guard from 1957 until 1963.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of memorial services at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Cantrall United Methodist Church.
Rev. Jarrett Wells officiating.
Memorials can be made to the Cantrall United Methodist Church, 9406 State Route 29, Cantrall, Illinois 62625, or St. John's Hospice Unit.
Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens is assisting the family.
On-line condolences can be shared at www.mottandhenning.com.