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Richard “Dick” LeRoy Swanson, age 85 of Albertville, MN, passed away January 17, 2024.  He was born on November 10, 1938, in Minneapolis, MN to Charles “Chuck” and Margaret (Simon) Swanson.

Dick was a graduate of Columbia Heights High School, Class of 1956. Following his education, he enlisted in the Army, serving with honor before receiving his discharge.

His extroverted personality and social nature made him a beacon of friendship. He possessed the unique ability to strike up conversations effortlessly, connecting with both friends and strangers alike. His Thursday mornings were reserved for coffee gatherings with his close friends at the St. Michael McDonalds, a tradition they fondly referred to as “The Liars Club.”

Known for his great sense of humor and kind spirit, Dick was universally loved for being easy to get along with. His residence on BeeBe Lake allowed him to indulge in his passion for fishing, finding solace and joy out on the water. Dick was an active member of the lake association.

In addition to his love for the lake, Dick was a proud participant in various local groups and organizations, including the Historical Society and Lions Club. His commitment to community extended to his devout membership at St. Michael Catholic Church, where his faith and fellowship were unwavering.

Dick’s hobbies included collecting and working on classic cars, with a particular fondness for his 1939 Buick Roadmaster. He delighted in showcasing his prized possession at Back to the 50s events, sharing his passion with fellow enthusiasts.

Dick was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elaine, and his parents, Chuck and Marge.

He is survived by his children, Chris (Shaun) Swanson and Tim (Darla) Swanson; grandchildren, Evan, Emmett, and Mateo; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 11:00 AM with visitation two hours prior (9 AM) at the St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN. Inurnment will follow at the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

7 Guestbook Entries

  1. Catherine Mahoney and family

    Cris and Tim I am so sorry to hear of your dads passing he was a good friend for many years.

  2. Dan Mahoney

    So sorry, Chris and Tim, about your dad’s passing.
    Many great memories of him.

  3. Peter and Barbara Sargent

    Peter and Barbara Sargent/Family
    Dick was a good friend to us and everyone he was around. His positive outlook on life seemed to rub off on everyone he touched. We will remember his kind ways. His knock on our door, laughter and willingness to play life just right will be missed by us and everyone that knew him.
    Dick, our old friend…. we will love you forever.

  4. Gwen Lapp

    Dick will be missed at the Crow River Senior Center by many since the beginning of our center in 2005. Many of us rode with him in his coveted Buick Roadmaster in the parade. R.I.P. Dick

  5. Colleen Mahoney

    Chris and Tim, my sympathies to you and your family.
    I have many great memories of your dad, he was quite the character!
    I am not able to attend the visitation or funeral, but will be with you in spirit.

  6. Alan Swanson

    Dick was a great chap and I enjoyed being in his orbit back in 2016.

  7. Theresa Bayard

    Great memories playing cards with Swanny at George Hess’s house. I really miss those days


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