Raymond P. Swanson, 82

Raymond Paul Swanson, age 82, of Lester Prairie, MN, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, at The Gardens at Winsted in Winsted, MN.

A private family graveside service will be held at Lake Ripley Cemetery in Litchfield, MN.

Arrangements by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie, www.mcbridechapel.com.

Raymond Paul Swanson was born May 29, 1937, in Cosmos Township, Meeker County, MN. He was the son of Edwin B. and Mildred (Berlin) Swanson.

Raymond was baptized as an infant June 10, 1937, at his parent’s home in Cosmos Township, and later was confirmed in his faith as a youth at First Lutheran Church in Cosmos. Raymond received his education in Litchfield.

In March of 1978, Raymond was united in marriage to Donna Esther (Zabel) Dolezal. Raymond and Donna made their home in Lester Prairie. Raymond and Donna shared more than 42 years of marriage.

Raymond was a farmer. He also worked at Hutchinson Manufacturing in Hutchison, MN, as a sandblaster. Raymond could also be found cutting lawns in his spare time. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted.

Raymond enjoyed lawn mowing, camping, visiting, and talking with people. He treasured the time spent with his family and friends.

Raymond is survived by his wife, Donna Swanson of Winsted; step children; brothers and sisters, Grace Kaping of Litchfield, John Swanson and his wife, Jane, of Brainerd, MN, Miriam Rahn of Hutchinson, Margaret Davis of Minnetrista, MN, Nels Swanson and his wife, Vicki, of Hutchinson; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Myrta Swanson of Henning, MN, Verona Kosek and her husband, Clem, of Silver Lake, MN; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.

Raymond is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Mildred Swanson; step mother, Elsie Swanson; brothers, Edwin Swanson, Donald Swanson, and his wife, Lynnette; brothers-in-law, David Rahn and Darrel Kaping.

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