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“In loving memory of Howard Swanson ~ a man who really lived life and had a smile for everyone~ ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: Pat Smith Golinvaux

“What a great Dad,Gramps and truly nice guy! Warm loving thoughts and many prayers. Sue & Wa ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: Warren ans Sue Amman - Fulton, IL

“MY SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF HOWARD. HE WAS A GREAT ASSET TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR MANY YEARS. I ALSO KNOW HE WAS PROUD OF HIS CHILDREN AND...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Joetta Erickson - FULTON, IL

“We miss Howard in the neighborhood. He was always busy !daisv ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: Warren & Roberta Tichler - Fulton, IL

“It was an honor working with Howard when he was a Trustee for the Fulton Fire Protection District. Cal, Patti and Julie: Howard spoke of you all...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Scott & Kim Zahnle

“It was a pleasure knowing Howard and the stories we would share briefly about sports and his grandkids and that he lived in what once was my aunts...Read More »
6 of 28 | Posted by: Heather Lindstrom-Whiteside County Planning & Zoning Secretary

“With sympathy & prayers for the family. ”
7 of 28 | Posted by: Richard & Irma Bland - Fulton, IL

“our deepest sympathy Cal, Patti, Julie & family. ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: John & Kay Thyne

“our deepest sympathy Cal, Patti, Julie & all of the family. you all have our thoughts & prayers ”
9 of 28 | Posted by: The Stoecker Family - friend

“I will always remember "Howie" as a gentleman, with a good sense of humor and kind smile, who cared deeply for his family and grandchildren. Our...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Jim Bruhn - Clinton, IA - Friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Verna Koselka

“Our sincere condolences ”
12 of 28 | Posted by: Morrison Fire Dept.

“May the Lord comfort you at this sad time and give you strength in the days ahead. Our most sincere condolences. ”
13 of 28 | Posted by: Rick and Mary Eizenga - Morrison, IL

“You have our condolences. ”
14 of 28 | Posted by: Jim & Trish Brondyke - Fulton, IL

“You have our condolences. ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: Jim & Trish Brondyke - Fulton, IL

“Your dedicated service as a Fulton fireman was exemplary! Thank you, Howard! My deepest sympathy to the family. ”
16 of 28 | Posted by: Barbara Mask

“So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and praying for you!! ”
17 of 28 | Posted by: Mary Cox - Fulton, IL

“our deepest Sympathy to all of you ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: Roland and Elsie Foster

“So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers! ”
19 of 28 | Posted by: The Letcher Family

“Howie was a great man and will be sadly missed. My sympathies to the Swanson families my thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Marissa - Dubuque, IA

“Our Sincere Sympathy to the Swanson Family!! He Will Be Missed by Many!!! ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Doc & Alva Sikkema - Carroll, IA

“So very sorry for your loss! May God wrap his arms of comfort around you all! ”
22 of 28 | Posted by: Mark & Sandy Hamilton

“I'm very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Cheryl Piercy - Clinton, IA

“Cal, Patty and Julie, Your Dad was a good man and you will always have those memories of him to carry with you through life....I am so sorry for...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Jill - Platteville, WI

“Our most heartfelt sympathy to the entire family and especially to our friends, Patti & Jordan. Our thoughts & prayers go out to all of you at this...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Rita Kaufman & Randy Schaller - IL

“Sorry to hear about Howard passing . He put a lot of time and effort into the Fulton Fire dept. I enjoyed serving under the Chief for many years. ...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Dave amd Jean Heusinkveld - AZ

“May Howard rest in peace and keep his vigil over his family from above. ”
27 of 28 | Posted by: Bob and Gail Wiersema

“Howard will be missed by so many in the community serving in so many ways. He always greeted you with a big smile--a kind and friendly man!! ...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Maurice Bronkema - Forreston, IL


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DIXON – Howard E. Swanson, age 85, formerly of Fulton died Wednesday January 23, 2013 at his winter home in Estero, Fla.

Howard was born in Fulton Township the son of Roy S. and Elizabeth E. (Montgomery) Swanson. He married Betty Jean Balk in 1952. She preceded him in death on May 30, 1953. In 1955 he married Irma DeWeerdt and in 1983 married Lois Near.

He was affiliated with fuel oil, gas, and propane businesses since 1955 until his retirement in 2011. Howard was a 57 year member of the Fulton Fire Department, 52 year member of the Fulton American Legion Post 402, 32 years on Fulton Flood Control Board, 32 years on Whiteside County Zoning Board and 10 year member of the Clinton Fraternal Order of the Eagles. He served in the US Air Force from 1948-1952 and served in the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include, two daughters, Patti (Jim) Susan of Dixon and Julie (John) Domansky of Hendersonville, N.C.; one son, Cal (Cindy) Swanson of Clinton, Iowa; one sister, Eleanor Nice of Morrison; one brother, Donald (Doris) Swanson of Shannon; eight grandchildren, Tyler, Taylor, Jordan, Ian, Lacey, Jenise, Kelly and James; one great grandchild, Kaylynn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steven in infancy; two brothers, LeRoy and Leslie Swanson.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Friday February 1, 2013 at the McDonald Funeral Home in Fulton. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday February 2, 2013 with Reverend Edie Lenz Chaplain of the Fulton Fire Department officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at the Fulton Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Fulton Fire Department.