Ronald Swanson

Sept. 1, 1947-Aug. 22, 2013

MARSHALL – Services for Ronald Swanson, 65, of Marshall, formerly of Balaton, will be at 1 p.m. today at the Balaton United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Balaton, followed by a luncheon in the church social hall. The Almlie Funeral Home of Balaton is handling the arrangements.

He died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton.

Ronald Wayne Swanson was born Sept. 1, 1947, to Enoch E. and Donna M. (Christensen) Swanson in Tyler, Lincoln County. He was baptized and confirmed in the Balaton United Methodist Church and attended Balaton Public Schools, graduating from Balaton High School in 1965.

Ronald and Joanne Schmidt were married in 1970 and they made their home in Pipestone where he worked for his father-in-law at Schmidt Plumbing and Heating. They then moved to Chandler, Ariz., where he worked as service manager for a Chevrolet dealer in Gila Bend, Ariz.

On May 29, 1982, Ronald married Ursula Greeno and they had three children, Danielle, Tracy and Craig. In 1983 they moved to Balaton, and then in 1986 Ron moved to Marshall. Over the years, Ron worked for Tholen Auto as a mechanic, then as parts manager for Anton Chevrolet and most recently, was the maintenance supervisor for Broadmoor Valley, all in Marshall.

He enjoyed fishing, duck hunting, woodworking, ceramics, stock car racing and working in the pit crew, and especially cars in general. In June of 2013, with failing health, he became a resident of the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Balaton.

Ronald is survived by his two daughters, Danielle (and Jimmy) Skarl of Balaton and Tracy (and Tim) Lyngen of Cottonwood; one son, Craig Swanson of Marshall; eight grandchildren, Ashlee, Brianna, Taylor, Riely, Mattea, Hunter, Jaycee and Wesley; four sisters, Laura (and Jim) Allen of Vining, Rita (and David) Paul of St. James, Elaine (and Peter) Hanson of Vining and Wanda (and John) Scharfe of Ruthton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Enoch and Donna Swanson.