Marvin “Mike” E. Swanson
Marvin “Mike” E. Swanson, age 93, formerly of Palmer, died Tuesday October 29, 2019, at Brookefield Park in St. Paul. Services were held on Friday, November 1, at the United Methodist Church in Palmer, Reverend Mike Anderson and Cheryl Anderson officiated. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Palmer.
Memorials are suggested to the family. Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home in Palmer is in charge of arrangements.
Mike was born in Genoa to Earl and Hazel (Irwin) Swanson on July 31, 1926. He attended Oakdale District 31 in Nance County through the eighth grade.
He married LaVera J. Place on December 12, 1947, in Burwell. In the early 80’s, Mike was employed by Case New Holland in Grand Island. He then worked in various communities as a hired man for Riley Brothers, of Mitchell; Bob Fagen Feedyard, of Cairo; CBI Hay Mill, of Abbott; and Dinsdale Brothers, of Palmer.
He enjoyed bowling, baseball, watching Husker football games, and playing cards. He umpired Legion baseball for many years.
He is survived by his children, Marvin “Butch” Swanson (Lorene Culler), of Grand Island, John Swanson (Teri), of Grand Island, Beverly Kilkemeier (Al), of Grand Island, and Carolyn “Sue” Walters (Bill), of Omaha; brother, Carl Swanson, of Simpsonville, South Carolina; and numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents; wife, LaVera; infant sister, Helen Geneva; and brother, Elon Swanson.