Richard Swanson, 82, Minot, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, in a Minot nursing home.
Richard Gerald Swanson was born on July 25, 1931, a son of Ernest and Gertrude (Redmann) Swanson, in Edmore. His mother passed away when he was 8 years old, and along with the seven youngest children, he moved into an orphanage in Fargo. At the age of 10, Richard moved to Minot to live with Bertha Blume and foster brother Ralph Anderson.
Richard was united in marriage to Kathryn Hauge on Nov. 10, 1951, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot. They lived in Minot, where Richard worked for the Great Northern Railroad as a brakeman and conductor.
His sons were his pride and joy and together they enjoyed fishing and camping. Richard also enjoyed working on automobiles and collecting antiques. For more than 25 years, he participated at the Magic City Flea Market.
Richard is survived by: wife, Kathryn, Minot; sons, Lannie (Janet) Swanson, Killeen, Texas, Randy Swanson, Spokane, Wash., Mark (Patty) Swanson, Velva; daughter-in-law, Darla Swanson, Minot; grandchildren, Brue Swanson, Tori and Jake Lombard, Zane Swanson, Lee Swanson, Amy Swanson, Colin Swanson, Paul Swanson, Allison Swanson; great-granddaughter, Brynn Swanson; stepgrandchildren, Rick (Teri) Hamberger and Janell Hamberger; great-stepgrandchildren, Evan and Emily; sister, Luella (Ken) Olson, Lakota; brothers, Jim Hall, St. Cloud, Minn., and John Sanaker, Cambridge, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Richard was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Kent; brothers, Ernie (Fran) Swanson, Charles Swanson, Edwin Swanson, James Swanson, Jay Bergquist; a sister, Evelyn (Ervin) Froelich; a sister-in-law, Lynn Sanaker; and his foster mother, Bertha Blume.
Memorial service: Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: There will be no reviewal, however, friends may sign a guest register on Friday, March 7, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the memorial fund at Bethany Lutheran Church of Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).