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Walter Conrad "Bud" SWANSON


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Walter Conrad "Bud" SWANSON Obituary
SWANSON,
Walter Conrad "Bud"
Walter Conrad (Bud) Swanson died peacefully at home the afternoon of April 6, 2015. He was the youngest child of Charles Conrad and Amanda Ekberg Swanson, born on April 9, 1920 in Austin, Texas. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Raymond and Wilfred (Swede) Swanson, his sisters Dorothy Swanson and Evelyn Wheat. He is survived by his wife, Helen Robisher Swanson, whom he married on May 24th,1942, and his children, Richard (Ann) Swanson, Susan (Tom) Hutchison, and Bob (Diane) Swanson, his sister-in-laws, Hazel Nichols and Betty (Bill)
Bassett. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Wes (Cochise Hollings) Hutchison, Kevin (Vicki) Hutchison, Amanda (Scott) Brown, Denise (Matt) Chumlea and David Swanson, seven great grandchildren, four nieces and a nephew.

Bud was very active and a sports enthusiast all of his life. He was an All-state guard for Austin High School from which he graduated in 1938. He met Helen in high school and their love lasted for over 77 years. He was an Eagle Scout and served in World War II as a bomber pilot in the European Theater and later as an instructor pilot. After the war he joined the Texas Employment Commission where he served in various capacities until his retirement in 1980. He served as a reserve officer in the US Air Force and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. Bud was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and through the years he served as an Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian church.

He was proud of the fact that he was retired longer than he had worked, since his retirement was so active and productive. Bud and Helen traveled to Canada, twice to Sweden and many places in the United States often participating in the reunions of the 303rd Bomb Group. Several times one or more of their children were privileged to accompany them. Bud also was an artisan making many fine pieces of stained glass, wood, and refinishing "treasures" he found in various places. He happily shared many of these with friends and family members. He and Helen loved the time they spent together at their house in the country and shopping for art and antiques with friends when they could. Bud played tennis until, at 92, an elbow condition required that he discontinue playing.

Bud will be remembered as a loving and caring son, brother, husband, dad, grandpa, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. He will be sorely missed but his influence on the lives of his family and friends will continue for many years to come.

Pallbearers are Wes Hutchison, Cochise Hollings, Kevin Hutchison, David Swanson, Matt Chumlea and Scott Brown.

Bud's favorite color was red. Please feel free to honor him by wearing something red.

A visitation will be held at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 N Lamar Blvd, Austin,TX, on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm. A Graveside Service will be held at Austin Memorial Park at 2800 Hancock Dr, Austin , TX at 10:30 am Friday April 10, 2015, followed by a Memorial Service at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Dr, Austin, TX at 2:00 pm with a reception will follow at the church.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 9 to Apr. 11, 2015
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