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Steven R. Swanson

October 28, 1959 – July 3, 2022


Service Information

Community United Methodist Church

9225 Jason Ave NE

Monticello, MN 55362


Saturday July 9, 2022

Officiant Pastor John Rogers

Visitation Information

Visitation 2:00pm

Service 2:30pm

Luncheon to follow at the church.

Steven R. Swanson, age 62 of Monticello, passed away while enjoying time in Cass Lake, Minnesota on Sunday July 3, 2022.

Steve was born on October 28, 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Richard and Susan (nee Hedden) Swanson. Steve grew up in Bloomington, MN attending grade school through his junior year at Jefferson High School. He then moved with his family to Grand Forks, North Dakota where he graduated from Red River High School in 1978. Steve then went out to Colorado to be a ski-bum & live life to the fullest, returning back to Minnesota a few years later. He attended Dakota County Vocational Technical school and obtained his meat cutter apprenticeship. Steve joined the Meat Cutter Union and was an active member of the union for 30 years. He worked at the old Town & Country Foods in Spring Park, Minnesota for many years until they closed. Then he went on to work for Cub Foods throughout the Twin Cities.

Steve married Dawn Murray in 1987 and together they raised Angela, Sarah & Brent in Mound and Rockford. Steve loved camping at Cass Lake loop, water skiing & fishing on Cass, playing cribbage, hunting & WWE wrestling with Brent and was the best Grandpa to his grandkids. His other hidden talents were his amazing cooking and a skilled wood worksman.

In March 2011, Steve fell ill and was hospitalized for 6 months battling for his life. He recovered but had life changing obstacles now – blindness, seizures, and other health matters. But what remained was his humor, his love for his kids and grandchildren, and his daily talks with his Dad and his Mom before she passed.

Steve is survived by his father, Richard Swanson of Grand Forks, ND; brother Michael Swanson of Grand Forks, ND; sister Kelly Swanson of Cavalier, ND; his daughters, Angela (Nick) Kinneberg, of Buffalo, MN and Sarah (Zach) Ericson, of Hanover, MN; grandsons, Jacob Kinneberg and Carter, Bentley, Abel, & Colt Ericson; granddaughters, Claire, Natalie, and Gracelyn Kinneberg and Evelyn Ericson; loving family members including: Dawn Swanson, in-laws Mac & Norita Murray; Rick Murray, Cheryl & Jeff Solorz, Barb & Tom Liefert, Mike & Susan Murray, along with many more family members & friends who all became family as well over the years. Steve was preceded in death by his son Brent and mother Sue.

Losing our beloved Dad is heartbreaking. We know how loved he was and are so incredibly thankful for the time we had with him. He is now free of suffering. Dad is with Brent to talk about their hunting adventures. And “Joe & Greta” (his Mom) are reunited, eating the best food and sharing many laughs together.

4 Guestbook Entries

  1. DeeDee Witthoft

    Angela & Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. Our deepest sympathies.
    Your friends at RAZR

  2. Nick Kinneberg

    You were an amazing man,dad,husband and grandpa!
    We will all miss you very much!
    I take comfort knowing you are with Brent and your mom.
    May you Rest In Peace!

  3. Kelly Swanson

    You were and are an amazing brother, dad, and grandad. Will love you always.

  4. Janny Cull

    so sorry Kelly


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