Donald “Duck” Swanson of Watkins died peacefully at his farm near Forest City Tuesday, oct. 15, 2013. He was 88.
A private family service will be held at the Emmanuel Home, and a public memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Ostmark Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Interment will be in the Lake Ripley Cemetery following the family service. Military Honors will be provided by the Litchfield Military Honor Guard.
Donald T. “Duck” Swanson was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Clara City, Minn. to Albin and Esther (Swanson) Swanson. Don was a graduate in 1942 of Litchfield High School. His favorite classes were math and bookkeeping. He was in the U.S. Army in 1944-1945. He was united in marriage to Donna King Feb. 19, 1949, at Grove City Baptist Church. In 1952, they bought the farm near Forest City. Don was later united in a second marriage to Jackie Wilson July 3, 1970, at First Lutheran Church in Litchfield.
Don loved the farm, he loved farm life, – he lived on the Forest City farm for 61 years.
Don was a sports enthusiast. In the 1940s and 1950s, he was the first baseman for Darwin’s popular fast pitch Horseshoe Café softball team. He later enjoyed golfing, bowling, and watched lots of football and baseball. Last summer, he was inducted into the Darwin Baseball Hall of Fame at which time he was the oldest living player.
Don is preceded in death by his parents Albin and Esther Swanson; sister Irene Swanson; and brother Jim Swanson of Dassel.
He is survived by his wife Jackie; children Mike (and Cheryl) Swanson, Dawn Swanson; and stepchildren Pam (and Dean) Croft, Dough (and MaryJune) Wilson, Darrel (and Diana) Wilson, and Jamie (and Virgil) Wiechmann; grandchildren Holly, Lucas, Blake, Bryan, Paul, Becca, Erica, Kara, Daniel, Matthew, and Megan; and many great-grandchildren.
Memorials are preferred to Ostmark Lutheran Church.