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Neil Clifford Swanson

March 19, 1953 — October 13, 2020


   Neil Swanson, 67, passed away quietly at home after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s on October 13, 2020, with his loving wife Starla, daughter Kyle, brother Glenn, and Darlene by his side. Neil was born March 19, 1953 in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. He spent his early years in Northern Minnesota, until his family moved to Minneapolis. Neil, notably, spent two years in the Air Force and was Honorably Discharged in 1973.  In 2018, Neil and Starla moved to Spencer where he spent the remainder of his days.

     Neil was a family man through and through. The love Neil had for his family was deep and true.  Neil spent the last 38 years with the love of his life, Starla. You could see the adoration he had for Starla any time you were around them. He was also a man of faith, who passed that faith to his children Kyle Ann and Nathan. His love of travel took him on many adventures from Hawaii to Philadelphia to the Caribbean. He enjoyed bike riding, square dancing, geo-caching with family, playing and coaching softball.  Neil was never without a joke, a quick witty statement, or finding a way to get a good laugh from everyone around him. The twinkle he had in his eyes is one you would never forget.

     Left to cherish his memory, his wife Starla of Spencer, Iowa. Daughter Kyle Ann (Scott) Heppenstall of Port Orchard, WA. Son, Nathan (Sarah) Swanson of Philadelphia, PA.  Siblings, Les, Glenn (Darlene), Tim, and Julie (Rick) Baum. His Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, nephews and nieces, as well as many extended family members.

     Neil is preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Myrtle Swanson, and his sister Suzanne.

     In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for a Memorial Fund in Neil’s name.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for a Memorial Fund in Neil's name.

In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, digital options for Saturday's Observances:

1:00 pm Funeral Service: Watch Live on First Baptist Church Spencer Iowa Facebook Page.  The video will be available on their Facebook page through the week.  Facebook link: :45pm Digital Reception: Nathan Swanson will be hosting a digital reception over Google Meet that will be linked to the in-person reception.  The meeting will be recorded so there is opportunity for participants to record messages for the family.
Google Meet Link:
Dial-in: 631-621-7772 PIN: 309 902 441
Rev. Curt Batschelet
Congregational Hymns
"Amazing Grace"
"Blessed Be Your Name"

"The Blessing"

Organist, Brenda Sassman
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