Albert Swanson

Albert Swanson

Albert S. Swanson, age 95, of Champlin. Al was born on October 13, 1918, graduated from North High in 1937 and went on to graduate from the University of MN in June of 1942 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
During his college years, he fell in love with his future wife, Alma. After graduation, he was immediately hired at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Connecticut to design airplane engines to be used in WWII. Son, Ken, was born, and a few years later, Al and Alma returned to Minnesota where Al began work at the company that became his passion, Tennant Co. While there Al received many promotions (along with a new daughter, Cheryl) and ended his career in 1983 as the Vice President of Engineering for Tennant Co. He was very proud of career and all the patents that he was granted.
Retirement meant travel and time with family, especially young grandsons, Chris and Cory. Al and Alma took many trips to support activities of their wonderful grandsons. Al spent his later years enjoying hobbies that included computers, iPads and iPhones, and plus his daily polka dance program where he got his exercise. The latest joys of his life, however, came in small packages, great grandson, Alex and great granddaughter, Aria. Also great-grandpets, Milly, Gunther and Milo brought much joy into his life. Al had a wonderfully positive attitude about life and worked very hard to make sure he took care of everyone in his family in his own quiet way. He remained mentally sharp until he took his last breath on May 30, 2014 and was a gift to everyone who knew him.
Preceded in death by mother and father, Ellen and Anton; wife, Alma; sister, Eleanore Chakolis; brothers, Harry Peterson and Baby Walter Peterson.
Survived by children, Kenneth Swanson and Cheryl and Richard Franson; grandchildren, Christopher Franson, Cory and Erin Franson and great grandchildren, Alex Franson and Aria Franson. Als extended family included many cousins, nieces, and nephews who were all a very important part of his life.
Special thanks to the nurses and doctors at Mercy (3West), especially Vicki and also the wonderful Hospice Care Team that made sure his last days were lived at home in comfort. Also, thanks to Shannon, Nancy and Patty from ComfortKeepers for giving Dad the very best care possible.
Services will be held 11 AM Saturday, June 7, at Advent Lutheran Church, 9475 Jefferson Hwy, Maple Grove, with visitation 9-11 AM.
Evans-Nordby 763-424-4000, www.evansnordby.com

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