Owen Michael Swanson
April 22, 1970 ~ December 6, 2013
Owen M. Swanson, 43, Valley Springs, died Friday, December 6, 2013, at his home.
Memorial services will begin at 1:00 PM, Friday, December 13, 2013, at Heritage Lutheran Church in Brandon. Pastor Jerry Merkouris will officiate. Visitation will begin at Noon.
Owen Michael Swanson was born April 22, 1970, in Las Angeles, CA. to Gene and Rene (Van Beek) Swanson. He attended Valley Springs Elementary and graduated from Brandon Valley High School. Upon graduation, Owen moved to Phoenix, AZ to work as a mechanic on a road construction crew that worked and traveled all over the US. In the mid 2000’s, Owen moved back to Valley Springs where he again worked as a mechanic.
Owen had a love for motors and speed. He loved anything that would go fast and that he could race (Forwards or backwards). He really enjoyed racing cars and motorbikes. His infectious smile was always the first thing you saw of his large teddy bear frame. You couldn’t help but laugh being around him. His family and friends recalled many camping trips to Lake Oakwood with Owen and his son, Danny. Large camp fires and the many stories around it will not be forgotten soon.
Owen will be deeply missed by his two children, Danny Swanson, AZ and Savannah Swanson, Valley Springs; mother, Rene (Tim Den Herder) Swanson, Valley Springs; his siblings, Sony (Nate) Swanson and Zach (Shannon) Swanson; Grandfather, Jake Van Beek, Sioux Falls; Step-mother, Kathy Swanson, Valley Springs; step-siblings, Sara (Donn) Lowe and Kevin (Delena) Tupy, special nephew, Gavin and nephew, Dominik; along with his many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gene, and Aunt Katie.