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John Edward Swanson, of Braham, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN.  He was 71 years old.

PUBLIC MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 3:00-6:00 pm on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the Braham Ev. Covenant Church.

PRIVATE FAMILY  SERVICE will be held at the Braham Ev. Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating.

John Edward Swanson of Braham, MN passed away on February 9, 2021 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN after a yearlong struggle with congestive heart failure. He was 71 years old.

John was born at the Braham Community Hospital on October 1, 1949 to parents Glen and Marianne (Burtness) Swanson. He grew up on the Swanson family farm NE of Braham with his parents and older brother Duane Peter, his grandparents Edward and Florence (Engler) Swanson and great grandmother Alma (Karlsdotter) Swanson. He began working on the farm as a child and made it his lifelong career.

John attended Braham Public Schools and was actively involved in the marching band, choir and track and field. He played his trumpet in the Pine City Saints Drum & Bugle Corp and was also very active in FFA. Trap shooting was another one of John’s favorite activities and he was in several competitions. He graduated from Braham High School in 1967, and then attended the University of Minnesota in Crookston, MN for two years. During that time he received an Associate Degree in Animal Science.

John attended and was an active member at Braham Evangelical Covenant Church for his entire life. He was baptized as an infant on June 9, 1950 by Rev. Frank W. Friberg with Joel and Mary Mae Erickson as his Godparents. He was confirmed in this church on May 20, 1962 by Rev. Kenneth Englund. Many church activities such as Sunday school and Hi-League Youth Group were a highlight of John’s life. He also enjoyed singing in the choir into his adult life. John held several church leadership roles including chairman. It was in this church that he met Janice LaRae Quiggle who also sang in the choir. After a two year courtship, John and Janice were married on September 14, 1974 at the Braham Evangelical Covenant Church by Rev. Berner Swanson. They began their life together working side by side on the family farm enjoying milking cows, feeding calves, tilling & harvesting fields and all areas of farm work. Running the self-propelled field chopper and filling silos was John’s most favorite farm activity.

John and Janice had their first born daughter, Amanda Rae on December 1, 1975. A son, John Erik was born on January 2, 1979 and another daughter Kristina Lynn was born on July 7, 1982. They all grew up on the farm working together as a family and also developed a good work ethic from their dad. John also enjoyed outdoor activities, especially deer hunting at home on the farm and also in Cook, MN. His sharp shooting skills were something that John always prided himself in. Tractor pulling at all of the local county fairs was every summers highlight and he won many first place trophies. You can’t forget the Green Bay Packers either… John became an avid fan that began during the Vince Lombardi era and he followed the football team for many years.

On October 1, 2015, John and Janice sold their herd of milking cows which was one of the hardest days of their lives together. Following the sale of the herd, they were able to enjoy a lot of time at the Peter Burtness family homestead in Cook, MN. Being in the North Woods was one of John’s favorite forms of relaxation. They also took several road trips that included Oregon, Illinois to visit their daughter Kristi.

John was always happy and enjoyed life to the fullest. He could easily strike up a conversation with anyone and always called you by your name. There was always a story and he loved telling them, especially about his years growing up and working on the farm with his family. John was able to remember so many people, dates and events. He was very proud of the fact that he was able to be the 4th generation on the “Meadowview Farm.” He loved his family very much and enjoyed all the time spent with each one of them. Throughout his entire life, John worked for the Lord and he did it with joy and grace. The bible verse from 2nd Timothy 4:7-8 describes John’s life. It says: “I have the fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day.”

John was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Marianne Swanson, and his grandparents Edward and Florence Swanson and Peter and Tillie Burtness.

He is survived by his wife Janice; daughter Amanda (Tom) Visser of Braham, son John Erik (Sonja) of Mora; daughter Kristina (fiancé Ron Snodgrass) of Oregon, IL; brother Duane (Kathy) of Braham; and Aunt Betty (Burtness) Rieder of Delano; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

24 thoughts on “JOHN E. SWANSON”

  1. We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We are praying for you, Janice, and your family as you grieve. May God give you strength and comfort.

  2. Dear Janice and family,
    We have fond memories of John from childhood and high school. He will be missed. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Marlene and Darwin

  3. Best cousin, husband, dad, and friend ever. Glad I knew you for so many decades.
    Much love to all the family, my heart is heavy.
    Jan DeJaegher

  4. Marie Louise Grundberg

    Dear Janice and family: My sincere sympathy for you and you family in the loss of dear John. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Love and Hugs, Marie Grundberg

  5. I am so sorry for your loss.
    John always stopped to chat with me whenever are path crossed. You are in our prayers.

  6. Dear Janice and family,
    My deepest sympathy to you all.
    I have so many wonderful memories of John.
    You are all in thoughts and prayers.

  7. Janice and Family,
    Eileen and I are so sorry to hear of John’s homegoing. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. John and I (Ron) have been friends since 1st grade. In addition to going through all 12 years of school together our families also attended the Braham Covenant Church together where we were able to worship, talk and share many good times together. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and appreciated his musical talents and abilities in both his singing and playing his trumpet.
    After graduation from Braham High School and before I left for a career in the Army we spent many Friday evenings cruising the countryside in his Ford Mustang. When I was going through Army Basic Training he wrote me a letter and said “When marching, do an about face toward Braham and Salute.” That is a comment I have remembered all these years and will never forget.
    John is now in Heaven and enjoying being in the presence of his Lord and Savior, who served for many years. May God give you peace and comfort at this time of loss.

  8. Very sorry to hear about John’s passing. You and your family will be in my prayers and thoughts. Big hugs to you too Love 💕 you all

  9. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, Janice. John was a wonderful person. I enjoyed many conversations with him over the years.
    Prayers to you and all of your family.

  10. John was a happy, friendly fellow as a student in Braham. He always looked on the bright side of things and his good-natured attitude was contagious among all. Those qualities remained with John throughout life.

    John had a big heart and was a genuine friend to everyone. I will always cherish memories of John as a student and throughout his life.

    Condolences to Janice, and the children. You are in my thoughts.

  11. Janice and family,
    We were so sad to hear of the passing of John.
    We have many fond memories from growing up with him and as a neighbor throughout his life.
    He will be missed by many.

  12. Dear Janice & Family – I was so saddened to hear of John’s passing. Many memories of our church family came rushing back to mind. My prayers and sympathies to you all. – Carol

  13. My sympathy to Johns family. I always enjoyed visits with John about any topic. John had a great sence of humor.

  14. My sincere sympathy for your loss. I was one of John’s classmates from 1st grade through graduation in 1967. John was a kind and considerate of everyone he knew.🙏🏻🙏🏻

  15. Mandy and the rest of your family: it was such joy and brought a tear to my eyes as I was reading this obituary! Didn’t know John too well but he lived his life with such passion and love! You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

    Bill Rinkenberger

  16. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. My prayers and sympathy go out to you Janice and all the family. I have many good memories of John especially when we were attending college in Crookston. May God Bless you all.

  17. I knew John from working At Federated Co-Op in Rush City, MN. I always enjoyed waiting on him, and shooting the bull. John always had a smile on his face and usually accompanied with a laugh or two. So sorry to learn of his passing.

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