H.R. Erwin Swanson


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Posted Online: Dec. 01, 2012, 5:46 pm
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The Rev. H.R. Erwin Swanson, 89, Madison, Wis., formerly of Bettendorf, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at home, surrounded by family.
Funeral services will be held at St. James Lutheran Church, 1705 Oak St., Bettendorf, on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. with a time of fellowship and food to immediately follow. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday. Memorials may be made to ELCA World Hunger Appeal, P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL, 60694-1764.
He was born on Oct. 21, 1923, in Chicago, the son of Erick and Anna Carlsson Swanson and was raised along with younger brother, George H.K. Swanson, in the Swedish Lutheran Home for Children in Joliet. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and Korea. Erwin attended Augustana College and Seminary in Rock Island and was ordained into the Augustana Synod of the Lutheran Church on June 19, 1955. He married Karin Edith Bengston on June 17, 1956. He served Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rice Lake, Wis., Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Iowa, and St. James Lutheran Church in Bettendorf. Erwin also served with the Luther Manor and Salvation Army Boards of Directors and as a Bettendorf police chaplain. He volunteered as a Challenger Little League Coach, in the Bettendorf Rotary Club and with the United Way. Erwin supported Lutheran Social Services and was a member of the Augustana Heritage Association.
He and Karin were blessed with four children, Karla, Sonya, Erick, and John.
Erwin is survived by his wife, Karin; children, Karla Swanson of Des Moines, Sonya (Rev. Ted)
Lindquist of Fitchburg, Wis.; Rev. Erick (Kristi) Swanson of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Rev. John (Beth) Swanson of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Anna and Carl Lindquist, Nathan Swanson, Zachary (Brittney) Swanson, Drake Swanson and Lydia and Caleb Swanson; great-grandson, Zaiden Swanson; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George; and sister-in-law, Mitzi Swanson.












 



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