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Dwain Leonard Swanson

June 17, 1940 — November 21, 2023


Dwain Leonard Swanson, a beloved member of the community, passed away on November 21, 2023, in Billings, MT. He was born on June 17, 1940, in Oakland, NE, to Hugo Swanson and Edith (Johnson) Swanson.

Dwain married Faye Marie Henneman on October 13, 1961 in Valier. Years after Faye's death in 2007, he found companionship with Loretta Jennings until her death in 2023.

Dwain's legacy includes a lifetime of hard work and dedication. He had a diverse career that began at Dick's Grocery before he eventually went on to own Swanson's Grocery. Dwain later worked at GTA Elevator and then enjoyed his retirement by butchering wild game for people. His commitment to his work and his skills were well-known among those who relied on him for their meat processing needs.

Throughout his life, Dwain engaged in various activities that brought him joy. He particularly loved riding horses at O-mok-see's and tending to his property. Dwain was an avid supporter of local sporting events and cherished the camaraderie he found while having coffee with friends at the Panther Cafe. He was also a regular attendee of the Valier Senior Center. Dwain spent many cheerful hours playing cards and dancing the Polka. Dwain had an appreciation for old westerns and enjoyed watching them whenever he could.

Dwain received his education in Uehling, Nebraska, laying the foundation for a successful and fulfilling life. He developed a strong work ethic from an early age that carried him through his varied occupations and endeared him to those who knew him.

Family meant everything to Dwain. He is preceded in death by a loving wife, Faye Swanson; Loretta Jennings, his faithful companion; his father Hugo Swanson and mother Edith (Johnson) Swanson; his sisters Martha (Arthur) and Dorothy; brothers Marvin (Cecil), Weldon, Carl, Thomas (Carrol), and Larry (Joan). Their bond was unbreakable, and the memories they shared will forever hold a special place in their hearts.

Survivors include his brother, Gordon (Linda) Swanson; Dwain's children, Julie (Marty) Swanson Brian of Selah, WA, and Robert (Milissa Kochel) Swanson of Valier; numerous nieces and nephews, who held a special place in his heart. He cherished every moment spent with them and took great pride in their accomplishments.

A memorial service to honor Dwain's life will be held on December 7, 2023. The service will take place at the United Methodist Church located at 320 Iowa Avenue in Valier, MT. The ceremony will commence at 11:00 AM and will provide an opportunity for friends and loved ones to pay their respects and a time of fellowship at a reception at the church following the burial.

Dwain Leonard Swanson was known for his tenacity, strong work ethic, and kind-heartedness. He was a pillar of the community who touched the lives of many through his sincere friendships and willingness to lend a helping hand. Dwain will always be remembered for his love for family, dedication to his craft, and the joy he brought to those around him.

 Let us celebrate Dwain's remarkable life and cherish the memories we shared with him. He has left an indelible mark on our hearts and will forever be missed but never forgotten. May he rest in eternal peace.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Dwain's Memorial Service

Thursday, December 7, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

United Methodist Church

320 Iowa Avenue, Valier, MT 59486

Burial in Lakeview Cemetery
Reception at the church to follow burial.

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