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Thomas K. Swanson, 80

Thomas K. “Swanny” Swanson, age 80, of Spooner, WI, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Spooner Health System.

He was born Jan. 11, 1929, in Minneapolis, to Clarence and Grace Swanson.

He attended Minneapolis West High School, and served honorably in the US Marine Corps.

While raising his family, Swanny worked at US Steel Company as a top salesman in the St. Paul and Chicago areas, and later was a lead purchasing agent with Litton Microwave in Minneapolis.

After retiring to his beloved lake home in Spooner, Swanny owned and operated Swanny’s Bait Shop on Big McKenzie.

In his free time, Swanny enjoyed fishing, playing cribbage with laser-focus, and trying his luck (usually quite good) at nearby casinos. He was known to enjoy a “little kindness,” as well as taking family and friends “on tour.”

Swanny was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Grace; and by a brother-in-law, Don Hutson.

He is survived by his beloved spouse, Sandy, of Spooner; children, Patricia (Richard) Goodall of Shorewood, Rebecca (Patrick) Swanson-Williams of Chicago, Thomas Jr. (Alisa), and Robert (Cindy), all of Sacramento, CA, James (Marcia) of Eden Prairie, Julie (Jeff) Hagman of St. Bonifacius, Mary (JT) Swanson of St. Paul, and Laure (Brian) Rudolph of Buffalo; grandchildren Stacey, Bridget, Shannon, Gina, Cynthia, Luke, Elizabeth, Katherine, Jessica, Michael, Robb, Samantha, Britney, Tyler, Dakota, Ashley, Carrie, Steven, Nick, and Taylor; and great-grandchildren Ashton and Owen.

Swanny is further survived by many nephews and nieces, who meant the world to him; sisters Tincie Hutson of Minnetonka, and Lonnie (Richard) Rodenborn of Crystal; a brother, Donald (Dori) of Savage; in-laws Tom (Kathryn) Stapel of Plymouth, and Ruth (Don) Olson of St. Cloud; and many dear cousins.

A memorial service took place Friday, Sept. 25 at Scalzo-Taylor Family Funeral Homein Spooner with Pastor Will Mowchan officiating. Interment was at Northern Wisconsin Veteran Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.

Arrangements were by the Scalzo-Taylor Family Funeral Home in Spooner. Condolences may be made at www.scalzo-taylor.com