GALESBURG - William L. "Bill" Swanson, 74, Galesburg, died at his home on Thursday, July 30, 2020.
Bill was born Aug. 20, 1945, in Galesburg, the son of Virgil W. and Leta R. (Reeves) Swanson. Bill married his sweetheart, Linda Gayle Hilton, on July 3, 1964, at First Baptist Church in Galesburg.
Bill his survived by his loving wife, Linda Gayle, at home; sons Tony (Paula) Rupert and Todd (Carie) Swanson, both of Galesburg; eight grandchildren, Britney, Drew, Quentin, John, Mandy, Hailey, Stephen, James, Jeanette, Patrick and Matthew; seven great-grandchildren; and his best four-legged companion, Gizmo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rosemary; and brother-in-law, Richard Hale.
Bill was a 1963 graduate of Galesburg High School. He worked at Gates Corp. as a lead press operator, retiring after 36 years of service. Bill loved to watch TV, eat out at restaurants, computers and especially shopping on Amazon. Linda never knew what surprises were held in his Amazon packages. Most of all, Bill cherished the time he spent with his family. He loved taking trips and traveling with them. They were all blessed to be able to take one more trip with Bill to Branson two weeks ago. Bill will be greatly missed by those who love him.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory, Knoxville. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Memorials in Bill's honor may be donated to the First Christian Church of Knoxville, 201 S. Broad St., Knoxville. Online condolences or expressions of sympathy may be made through www.hurdhendricksfuneralhome.com.