February 22, 1926 ~ June 23, 2012
Family visitation will be Tuesday, June 26, 2012, from 6 to 8pm at Heartland Funeral Home with a Scripture Vigil at 7pm. Memorial Services will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Risen Savior Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Rutton officiating. Burial will follow at St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls with full military honors.
Roy Anthony Swanson was born February 22, 1926, to Roy and Julia (Konshak) Swanson in Huron, SD. He went to St. Teresa Catholic School and graduated from Huron High School. He was drafted into the U.S Army and served in WWII. When he returned home from the war, he met Phyllis Muilenburg at a dance. They dated for 3 years before they were married at St. Martin’s in Huron on May 27, 1950. Roy worked as an engineer for the South Dakota Department of Transportation. This career took their family of four children to Miller, Pierre, and Springfield, SD for the next 40 years and 40 days. Roy retired in 1988 and eventually settled in Brandon, SD in 1991.
Roy liked construction and tinkering with projects that included intricate detail, such as model airplanes and cars, crossword puzzles, computer games, and playing cards. He once took apart a Model A and rebuilt it in the basement of the family home. Roy will long be remembered as a Bingo caller in Huron for many years. He was known for his sense of humor and compassion, from teasing the waitresses at the café, to bringing popcorn to the girls at City Hall, to hiding candy in the car for his grandkids to find on the ride home. Roy was a member of Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon V.F.W Post 4726 and the American Legion.
Roy is survived by his wife, Phyllis; four children, Sandy (Michael) McNutt, Huron, Robert (Ronda) Swanson, Pierre, Roger (Sandi) Swanson, Wichita, KS, and Nancy (William) Crapser, Sioux Falls,; 10 grandchildren, Jamie McNutt and Eric McNutt of Huron, Roy Swanson and Laura Bowman of Pierre, Rachael Swanson and Andrea Swanson of Wichita, Beowulf Crapser, Gideon Crapser, Morrigan Crapser, and Tyr Crapser of Sioux Falls; 5 great-grandchildren, Dillon, Jamez, Dalton, Emlyn, and Travis; 3 brothers, Richard (Sherry) Swanson of Huron, Lyle (Janet) Swanson of Huron, and James Swanson of Janesville WI; 2 sisters, Mary Kuhns of Huron and Margret Greschke of Huron; and sister’s-in-law, Betty Swanson of Fullerton, CA and Helen Swanson of Billings, MT. Brother-in-law Rolland Muilenburg of Montana and sister-in-law Audrey Shimer of Rapid City SD.
He was preceded death by his parents and his two brothers William and Thomas and his 2 brothers-in-law Wayne Shimer and Ed Greschke.