John D. Swanson

FAIRMONT — A funeral service for John Dale Swanson, 86, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Burial will follow the service at Lakeside Cemetery, with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1222. Visitation will be from 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. The family asks that people are mindful of social distancing guidelines, the wearing of masks, and best practices in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Those wishing to view the service are invited to use the following link, https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/15097421, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

John Dale Swanson passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at the Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

John Dale Swanson was born Jan. 25, 1935, in Mountain Lake, Minn., the son of John P. and Florence (Anderson) Swanson. He received his education attending District 97 Country School in Elm Creek Township, Martin County, Minn., and was proud to have completed his GED while in the Marines. In 1954, John enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and was stationed at 29 Palms and Camp Pendleton in California where he served his country proudly over the next 3 years, receiving his honorable discharge in 1957. On Aug. 27, 1955, John was united in marriage to Joyce Sheppard in Trimont, Minn. Together, the couple made their home in California, Trimont, and later Fairmont, and celebrated over 65 years of marriage. To this union, three children were born: Gail, Jodi, and Jerry. John farmed until 1979 when he began working for the State of Minnesota Highway Dept. and at Snow Wheels where he worked until his retirement in 1998. John was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He was an avid golfer and looked forward to warm summer days spent with family and friends on the links. John cherished spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed outing with them for breakfast at Edie’s. He looked forward to quiet days reading his favorite book and enjoyed the adventure of the open road and traveling to new as well as familiar places. John was always willing to help as the “handyman” for his kids and loved a good treasure hunt at area garage sales. Family was extremely important to John and he looked forward to entertaining family at the holidays and never walked away from an opportunity to play cards. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Joyce Swanson; children, Gail (David) Honnette, Jodi (Roger) Volz, and Jerry (Terri) Swanson; grandchildren, Aaron (Lynn) Honnette, Brittany (Troy) Field, Shane Honnette, Shaun Honnette, Chelsea (Dave) Braun, Mackenzie Volz, Mitchell Volz, Jessica (Copper) Buss, and Kristina Swanson; great-grandchildren, Colton Field, Aaron Field, Logan Field, Anna Honnette and Elise Honnette; as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents, John P. and Florence Swanson; and siblings, Fern Holmlund, Oscar Swanson, Stanley Swanson, June Barnhart, Faye Anderson and Pearl Stello.