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January 6, 1992 – Saturday, July 11, 2009

Service Information
Community United Methodist Church at 922
Friday, July 17, 2009

Visitation Information

Brent R. Swanson, age 17 of Rockford, died due to complications from Neurofibromatosis on Saturday July 11, 2009 surrounded by his loving family at North Memorial Hospital.

Brent Richard Swanson was born on January 6, 1992 in St. Louis Park to Steven Richard and Dawn Lillian (nee Murray) Swanson. Brent attended Mound-Westonka High School with the class of 2010. He was a member of the Robins on the Minneapolis Adapted Sports League. He played floor hockey, soccer and softball. This year the Robins took 1st place with a record of 43-0 for all three State Tournaments.

Brent’s passion was big game hunting. He went on several hunting trips, bagging a deer, elk and black bear. Hunt of a Lifetime, AZ and Kippenberg Creek Kids, WI helped make those trips an amazing experience for Brent. Brent was also granted a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World, he flew to Montana for Camp-Mak-A-Dream for three summers and was able to attended different concerts and sporting events in the Twin Cities throughout the years with Hope Kids.

Brent enjoyed camping in Cass Lake, MN, swimming, playing cribbage with his grandfather and was an avid WWE wrestling fan. He was also a member of the Youth Advisory Council with Children’s Hospital for four years.

Brent is survived by his parents, Steve & Dawn, Rockford; siblings, Angela (Nick) Kinneberg, Grand Forks AFB, ND and Sarah Swanson, Rockford; maternal grandparents, Mac & Norita Murray. Monticello; paternal grandparents, Dick & Sue Swanson, Clearwater; nephews, Jacob Kinneberg and Carter Swanson; nieces, Claire and Natalie Kinneberg; maternal aunts & uncles, Rick Murray, Red Wing, Cheryl (Jeff) Solorz, Maple Lake, Barb (Tom) Liefert, Monticello, Mike (Susan) Murray, Sagle, ID, and Lee (Mike) Holland, Savage; paternal aunts & uncle, Mike (Sandy) Swanson, Grand Forks, ND and Kelly Swanson, Gilby, ND; and many cousins and friends. Brent was preceded in death by his young cousin John Michael Swanson and beloved dog Sadie.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Brent Swanson Benefit fund (at any TCF Bank location) or the Minnesota Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The funeral service is 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 17, 2009 at Community United Methodist Church at 9225 Jason Ave NE at 9225 Jason Ave NE in Monticello. Reverend Rhodie Jacobson of Community United Methodist Church will co-officiate with Reverend John Rogers. The casket bearers are: Weston Holley, Chase Holley, Angela Duncan, Josh Hulzebos, Nick Kinneberg, and Ty Deinema. The honorary bearer is Jacob Kinneberg. The burial is private. Visitation is 4-8 Thursday at The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael/Albertville Funeral Home 300 N. Main in St Michael and resumes at church, one hour before the funeral.

12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Troy & Tina Nichols

    Dawn,Steve and the Swanson Family. WE feel deeply for your loss and know Brent is in a better place. He was a fighter and gave it his all.You were great parents and a strong family,for all the things you did with Brent. He was a great kid, you should be very proud of all his accomplishments. Our hearts go out to you all.
    Troy & Tina

  2. Jerry Folden

    Dawn, Steve I am so sorry to hear of Brents passing. This was certainly a shock. I am comforted in knowing that Brent is resting comfortably in the arms of our heavenly father. He is no longer suffering. The difficult part is ahead for us as we grieve this loss. As I sit here thinking what to say, many thoughts come to mind of when I had the opportunity to care for Brent while he was in the hospital. To exceptional events come to mind, the first was our drive-up experience at the indoor McDonalds in Abbott Northwestern Hospital, who would have thought a young boy would be driven up to the counter on a gurney, the other is when Brent received a Furbie (a toy all kids wanted at that time), and he graciously gave it to his sister because she wanted it. Now that truly speaks of the kind of person Brent was. What a brave, wonderful and gracious person. Thank you Lord for letting me into Brents world. May God bless you Brent and God bless your family during this most difficult time.
    Jerry Folden

  3. Ellie Hladky

    Your entire family are in my constant prayers.

  4. Linda Winters

    Dear Dawn & Steve,
    I have tried and tried to think of the words that might reach your hearts and give you comfort but I don’t think it is humanly possible to do that. Only our Father in heaven can take care of such an awesome task. But I do want to express to you my deep and heartfelt love, sympathy and prayers that I hope will reach out to you at this time. May God bless you and continue to keep you strong as you have been through all of these years with all of the battles you have had to fight. I am thankful I was able to know and share even a little time in Brent’s young life so many years ago.
    God be with you and your family today and always.
    Much love,
    Linda & Joe

  5. Andrea Schussler

    I am thinking of you all with much love. Brent has enriched many lives in his short life here on earth. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    With much love….

  6. Onida Paulbeck

    Dear Steven,Dawn,Dick and Sue,
    Please accept my sympathy and prayers at this difficult time.Your faith,love and courage have been an inspiration to many.
    Sincerely, Onida

  7. Onida Paulbeck

    Dear Steven,Dawn, Dick and Sue,

    Please accept my sympathy and prayers.
    Your faith,love and courage have been an inspiration to many.
    Sincerely, Onida

  8. Peter Doblinger & Jodie Beeman-Doblinger

    While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.

  9. Jennie Schut

    Steve and Dawn,
    You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I am just down the block! I will keep you close..
    Jennie Schut

  10. Gus and Irene knott

    Steve and Dawn, Thank GOD for the time you had with Brent. Our prayers are with you. Gus and Irene.

  11. Mike and Sue Kohman, Steven, Bobby

    Steve and Dawn: We are deeply saddened by Brent’s passing. We remember him as a very young boy in Mound. We all pray for your loss and hope that the memories you have of him get you through this most difficult time. Love, Mike, Sue and boys

  12. Bob and Jane Skinner

    Steve and Dawn,
    Words cannot describe your pain and sorrow. Chelsea and Natalie have fond memories of Brent at the Mother/child week-end with St. John’s group. He was an inspiration to so many of us. We know he’s in a better place and this world is better for having him in it. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


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