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December 19, 1937 – December 16, 2023


Thursday, January 4, 2024

4-7 P.M.

The Peterson Chapel

Buffalo, MN

Mass of Christian Burial:

Friday, January 5, 2024

11:00 A.M.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Buffalo, MN

Entombment with military rites:

St. Francis Cemetery-Mausoleum


Roger Dale Swanson, age 85, of Buffalo, MN comforted by family, peacefully passed away on Saturday December 16, 2023, at The Estates of Roseville.

Roger was born on December 19,1937 in Big Lake, MN, the 11th child of 15 to Freeman and Evelyn (Norberg) Swanson. He grew up in Big Lake and attended Big Lake High School. In 1955, after high school, Roger joined the US AIR FORCE and completed his basic training at Amarillo Air Force base in Texas. He also graduated from the Hospital Corps school in San Diego, CA. He served for four years as a medical services specialist. He received an honorable discharge in 1959. In 1960, just one year later he enlisted in the Navy and was honorably discharged due to back issues in 1961. He then returned home to Minnesota and attended St. Cloud Business College, specializing in accounting.

Roger married Mary Arnold on June 16, 1956, and on Aug 5, 1956, they welcomed their son Todd Russell.  On July 10, 1961, Roger married the love of his life, Pearl Psyk and welcomed her children Cindra and Jack to their family. The years 1962 and 1964 brought the births of Glory Bea and Adam Jordan.

Over the years the family moved from Park Rapids to Duluth, Two Harbors, New Richmond, WI then Vadnais Heights, Maple Grove, New Hope, then finally Buffalo. Roger worked various jobs during this time at Mr Electric, Doboy, SCI (Scientific Computers Inc.) and then for the US Postal Service at Fort Snelling as a database administrator for 26 years, retiring in 1999.

Early hobbies Roger enjoyed were frog hunting, horseback riding, leather stamping, cartoon drawing (he was really good), agate collecting on the North Shore, and gardening. Then he had several experimenting “phases” such as making cheese, pies, banana bread and wine!

Roger was an avid Guitar and Banjo player and also played the Dobro, Mandolin, Harmonica and would also sing! He was passionate about teaching and bringing joy to others by giving music lessons and going to Music Jams all around Wright Co. with his granddaughter Marci and wife Pearl, his biggest fans. He enjoyed Classic Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music.

Roger was an expert at crossword puzzles with an immense vocabulary, he also loved playing cards and games and loved to gamble. Roger and Pearl went on countless Casino trips together then after Pearl passed, he started playing pull tabs and enjoyed going to Bingo a couple times a week with his granddaughter Marci. He was a family man who was proud of his children and grandchildren, was hands on and lived in the moment. He would light up around children as he himself was like a big kid at heart. Roger was very generous, donating to various charities, helping people in need without judgement, had a warm welcoming smile for you while always holding a door open for the ladies!

Roger’s smile and that big black cowboy hat will be sadly missed! In his own words, he says not to mourn him as he has had a full and wonderful tour of duty on Terra Firma!

Preceding him in death were his parents and twelve brothers and sisters, first wife Mary, second wife Pearl, daughter Glory, son Todd, and grandson Todd II.

Roger is survived by stepdaughter Cindra of Motley, stepson Jack of Washougal, son Adam (Joni) of Maple Grove; sons-in-law Paul and Chuck; grandchildren Pamela, Marcelle (Steve), Tiffany, Tabitha, and Trisha (DJ); step-grandchildren Mathew (Mika), Tareana (Rob), Troy, Mandy (Tony), Trevor (Kathleen), Charlie and Tara (Peter); great grandchildren Parker and Emmet; step-great grandchildren (Kaleb, Natalie, Jonah, Annabelle, Charlotte, Kayla, Jacob, Savannah, Alexis, Karissa, Brooklyn, Kennedy and Kale; great-great grandson Levi; sister Katherine (Cookie), and brother Gary.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Roger Swanson will be held on Friday, January 5, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.   Father Nathaniel Meyers will be the Celebrant.  A luncheon will follow the burial.

Entombment with military rites St. Francis Cemetery Mausoleum.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 4-7 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo.

Casket Bearers will be Paul Kasper, Chuck Otten, Douglas Psyk, Steve Kramer, Chris Hegna and Mathew Pittman.




2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sherrell Hegna

    What a beautiful tribute to Roger! He was such a dear friend and neighbor. One of a kind! Can’t wait to see him again in heaven.

  2. Sandra Wamsley

    We will miss Roger so much. He was a distant cousin of one of my family lines but got acquainted some years ago and around Thanksgiving could depend on him to send the first Christmas card. 🙂 Love to all, Sandra Wamsley in CO


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