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Dale E. Swanson

July 17, 1943 August 15, 2013
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Dale Swanson born July 17, 1943 of Milltown, WI (formerly of Hudson, WI) passed away on August 15th, 2013 after a month of battling health problems.

Dale graduated from Hudson High School in 1961 and married high school sweetheart Shelby Kees in 1963. During their marriage they became foster parents to several foster children. Due to his career in Electrical Wholesale and fostering, they relocated from Hudson to Minneapolis, Eau Claire, and later Centuria. This marriage later ended in divorce.

Beginning in 1965 Dale joined the National Guard in Company B based in New Richmond and Headquarters Company in Eau Claire. During his 13 years of service he achieved the rank of Staff Sargent and received many acclamations leading the food service teams.

Upon completion of his service, he found work in a variety of service industries, and later found his true calling; helping customers in local hardware stores spanning from Dresser to Frederic.

In 2004 he met Dawn Anderson and her four children, and later married into the family in 2008. During their time together they enjoyed several activities ranging from camping and canoeing, to mini golf, bowling, and traveled from Alaska to Florida.

In the course of his 70 years, Dale appreciated hunting, fishing, curling, watching the Green Bay Packers, golfing, shooting trap, and singing karaoke (yes, karaoke).

Dale is preceded by his parents, Curtis and Frances Swanson; sister, Pamela “Penny” Swanson; and dogs, Mutch and Maise. He is survived by wife, Dawn; step-children, Brian Mapes, Angie Mapes, Tess Anderson, and Billy Anderson; brother, Duane (Beth) Swanson; sister, Patricia Laughnan; cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Memorial services will be held at Milltown Lutheran Church, Milltown, WI, on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013. Gathering will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by the Service at 11:00 a.m.

Online condolences may be left at or Please refer to these websites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444 or 715-825-5550.

Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
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