Eugene R. Swanson
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August 22, 1930 ~ July 18, 2015

Eugene R. Swanson, 84, passed away July 18, 2015 at PeaceHealth SW Medical Center in Vancouver, WA. He was born Aug. 22, 1930 to Albert and Clara Swanson in Bertha, MN. Eugene attended Battle Ground High School (1948) and Clark College (1953-1954).
He was drafted Feb. 21, 1951 into the U.S. Army and proudly served as an 11th Engineer BN APO 301.
Eugene worked for Boise Cascade Paper Mill, (1954-1992) as lead Compositor/Printer and Plate Maker.
He was a member of the Sons of Norway, American Legion, VFW, Veteran of Korean War, and St. Johns Lutheran Church.
Eugene enjoyed hobbies such as: genealogy, photography, wood working, and gardening.
~ He cherished family time and valued his friendships. ~
Eugene is survived by two daughters, Regina George and Deborah Wilson (Tom); one son, Brian Swanson (Nikki); a sister, Arleen Klug (Arnie); two brothers, Jerry Swanson (Joanne) and Jim Swanson (Nancy); four granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; and several wonderful nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ann Swanson (2001); his brother, Steve Swanson (2003); and both parents, Albert and Clara Swanson.
A memorial service will be held Sat., Aug. 15, 2015, 11:00 a.m., at St. Johns Lutheran Church, 11005 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA 98686.
Special thanks to the Hematology/Oncology Dept. Portland VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Johns Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 9, 2015.
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August 14, 2015
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George & Marcia Wessitsh
August 14, 2015
Gene was a very humble, wonderful man and will be missed amongst the Fred Meyer friends. He touched so many lives with his smiles, humor and sgared stories of his past. We often gathered at the lunch hour to visit and keep up on how he was doing. We went to visit him and before I left I told him that we all were praying for him and he said, "God has been good to me in my life." I'm so glad we were able to have known Gene, he will be missed! Gene I hope you are updating Wm. and reuniting with him in heaven! You are an Angel! Friends Forever Nancy Andrews
August 13, 2015
I am sorry to hear of Gene's passing. The Swansons' were our next door neighbors when I was a kid and they were a great family to have as neighbors and friends. Gene was always so friendly and would even take time to throw the football around with me. I'll always have great memories of Gene.
Mark Howell
August 10, 2015
Peace, love and prayers at this very sad time to all of Gene's Family. I know he and my Dad, Archie Biewer, were not only cousins but the best of friends. Love, Sandra and Family
August 10, 2015
So sorry to hear of Eugenes passing.It was only late in our lives and also Eugenes that we got to know each other as distant cousins. For that, and for the good times and good conversations we shared, we will be eternally grateful.
Leola and Florian in Saskatchewan
August 9, 2015
Dad, you will always live in my you forever.
August 9, 2015
I'm so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. He was a gentle man in my eyes. I'm the sister of Capt. Harley Hall, the last Navy pilot shot down in Vietnam. I would see your Dad at Freddy's in Hazel Dell and we would chat. He first gave me a photo that your Mom at taken of me when the Memorial for the deceased veterans in the Barracks was dedicated. He always asked if there was any news about my brother. I will miss him and our chats. God rest his soul...
Gwen Davis
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