Kent R. Swanson, 55, Minot, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in a Minot hospital, following a six-month battle with cancer.
Kent Richard Swanson was born May 22, 1957, in Minot, to Richard and Kathryn (Hauge) Swanson. He was a lifelong resident of Minot and a graduate of Minot High School in 1975. At the age of 16 he began a career as a truck driver and drove for Mitchell Transfer for several years.
Kent married Darla Dahl on Sept. 22, 1979, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Minot. Together they had three children: Lee, Amy and Colin, who he was very proud of. Kent later worked at Sweetheart Bakery, Spain's Transfer and Lewis Truck Lines. Kent worked as maintenance and warehouse employee at the Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop, until ill health forced him to retire in February 2012.
Kent was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and the Model T Ford Club International. He enjoyed collecting Model T and Model A vehicles and collecting antiques. He also had a large collection of World War I memorabilia.
Kent loved his entire family. He enjoyed the times spent with them at their lake cabin. He loved to hunt grouse, pheasants and deer with his sons, and he enjoyed just hanging out and having a good time with his wife and children. He was a man who will remain in our hearts forever.
Those who shared in his life: Loving wife, Darla, Minot; children, Lee Swanson, Fargo, and Colin Swanson and Amy Swanson, both of Minot; parents, Richard and Kathryn Swanson, Minot; brothers, Lannie (Janet) Swanson, Killeen, Texas, Randy Swanson, Spokane, Wash., and Mark (Patty) Swanson, Velva; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elvin and Delores Dahl, Hazen; brother-in-law, Ronald (Kelli) Dahl, Kearns, Utah; sisters-in-law, Janice (Joel) Wood, Hazen, and Laurie (Ken) Paisley, West Fargo. Numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.
Memorial Service: Monday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m., at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2209-4th Ave. NW, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, but friends may sign the guest register, Sunday, Aug. 19, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to Hope Village, 3705-11th St. SW, Minot, ND 58701, to help with Minot's flood recovery.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Kent may access the online obituaries at (www.thompsonlarson.com).