John ‘Gene’ Swanson

Sunday, December 2, 2018

A celebration of life for John “Gene” E. Swanson, 87, will be conducted from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at Martin-Mattice Funeral Chapel, formerly the United Methodist Church in Ayrshire.

Interment will be conducted at Silver Lake Cemetery in Ayrshire.

Military graveside rites will be led by American Legion Post No. 173 of Ayrshire.

John E. Swanson, son of John A. and Madella (Matthiesen) Swanson, was born Sept. 4, 1931, southwest of Ayrshire, Iowa.

As a young boy, John became known as Gene to his family and friends. After graduating from Ayrshire High School in 1951, Gene served in the United States Army, during the Korean Conflict, from 1952 until 1954. After being honorably discharged, he returned to his home where he farmed for many years.

Gene was a member of the American Legion Post No. 173 and the United Methodist Church in Ayrshire.

Gene passed away Thursday, Non. 29, 2018, at the Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant siblingsL Paul and Marilyn Swanson; two brothers: Rodney and Dale Swanson; and a sister-in-law, Helen Swanson.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Myrt Swanson of Spirit Lake, Iowa; nieces and nephews; as well as other relatives and friends.

Arrangements by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.