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Cleland Swanson, 93, Owatonna

Cleland Ellsworth Swanson, 93, of Owatonna, died Thursday, May 12, 2016 peacefully in his sleep at Homestead Hospice House surrounded by his family.

Cleland was born June 3, 1922 in Le Sueur, Minnesota the son of Elmer and Esther (Miller) Swanson.  He married Donna Frentz, his high school sweetheart, on Aug. 12, 1942.  They lived in San Diego, California, then moved to Minnesota and lived in Austin, Le Sueur, and St. Peter for a while then 40 years in Kenyon and moved to Owatonna in 2006.  Cleland served in the Marines during WWII in the Pacific Islands.  Cleland worked many jobs throughout his life including:  as a teen he worked in the grocery store, was a milk man, a farmer for many years, a skilled carpenter, owned a cabinet shop, was a foreman/ finish carpenter for Orrin Thompson Homes, and built homes.  

Cleland loved playing pool, watching wrestling on television, a dealer in flea markets, where he loved meeting all the people.  Cleland was known for his quiet and gentle ways, sweet smile, twinkle in his eye, and smirk.  He never complained or asked for anything.  

He is survived by his five children, Sandra (Derald) Telschow, Owatonna, Minnesota, Muriel (Dan) Klatt, Owatonna, Minnesota, Sue (Gene) Theuer, Baudette, Minnesota, Debbie (Kevin) Estrem, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Don (RaeAnn) Swanson, Monticello, Minnesota; 6 grandchildren, Shari (Joe) Wickman, Owatonna, Minnesota, Lori (Rich) Anderson, Owatonna, Minnesota, Brenda (Curt) Homeier, Owatonna, Minnesota, Cassi (Daniel) Garcia, Broomfield, Colorado, Taylor (Brittney) Swanson, Centerville, Minnesota, Mitch (Francie) Swanson, Eagan, Minnesota; 5 great grandchildren, Taryn, Dalton, Derek, Trevor and Brad; brother, Robert Swanson, Faribault, Minnesota and his extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna Swanson (2014); sister, Virginia; and sister-in-law, Alice Swanson.

Funeral services were held May 18 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church with The Reverend Luther Mathsen officiating.  Interment was in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Owatonna.  Military honors were conducted by the Kenyon Color Guard.  

Michaelson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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