Services for Larry Swanson

Larry Thomas Swanson, 68, of Clearbrook, MN, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the home of his sons, Mark and Scott, in Grand Forks, ND. He was attended by his three sons and wife, Carol, during his illness.


Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, MN with Reverend Verlyn Strenge officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Clover Cemetery in Clover, MN. Military Rites will be accorded by The Melvin Johnson American Legion Post #256 of Clearbrook, MN. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted the family with the arrangements.


Larry was born on January 21, 1947 at home in Clover Township, Minnesota, the son of Thomas and Petra (Haugen) Swanson. He graduated from Clearbrook High School in 1965. Shortly after that, he enlisted in the United States Marines with a High School friend, Jerry Bagaason. After training, they were both deployed to Vietnam, where Jerry was killed in the first week by enemy fire. Larry was stationed on what was called “The Rockpile”, where they took a lot of fire.

He came home after his tour and began attending welding school in Minneapolis. After graduating, he worked construction for years with some time spent trucking in Arizona for awhile. Larry married Carol Jean Watne at Samhold Church in Gonvick, Minnesota on December 14, 1974. They had three sons, Eric, Mark, and Scott. He loved those boys dearly; they were the pride and joy of his life. After he married, he started trucking, and continued to until he stopped because of illness.

He was a great guy, loved many, and will be missed. We look forward to seeing him again when our whole family is united in heaven.


Survivors include his wife, Carol (Watne) Swanson; his sons, Eric, Mark, and Scott Swanson of Grand Forks, ND; his brother, Ordean (Leone) Swanson of Leonard, MN; his sisters, Mavis (Ernest) Erickson of Clearbrook, MN, and Aileen (Benny) Erickson of Leonard, MN; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Petra (Haugen) Swanson; his brothers, Laverne and Newell Swanson; and his sisters, Mildred and Jean.


Messages of condolence may be sent to

Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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