Lowell L. "Swanny" Swanson age 96, of Dalton, NE passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023 on a dirt road beside a luscious cornfield. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at the Evangelical Free Church in Sidney, NE with Kyle Larson officiating. Burial with Full Military Honors will follow at the Dalton Cemetery in Dalton, NE. Services will be live streamed on the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel Facebook page and recorded for later viewing on our website. Memorials may be made in care of the family for later designation.
Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday from 1-6:00 P.M. to leave condolences for the family. Family will not be present.
You may view Swanny's Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at http://www.gehrigstittchapel.com. Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Swanny's care and funeral arrangements.
Lowell Lester "Swanny" Swanson was a farm boy, combat soldier in World War II, baseball coach, telephone man and owner of Dalton Telephone Company.
Swanny loved sports, the farm, history, geography and horses and was a good speller.
He was born on October 11, 1926 (his father's birthday) on the family farm near Funk, NE. The second born of four children and the eldest son of Swan Herman Valdamar Swanson (a Swede) and Martha Marie Paulsen (a Danish woman).
Being two years the junior of his sister, when she started first grade at the age of six "Bub," as he was known, started school with her at the tender age of four. This was so she had a companion to walk a mile with her to school. The end result of this was they graduated together – she at the age of 18 and he at the age of 16.
Swanny enlisted in the Army when he was 17 and served in the First Armored Infantry and The Third Armored Infantry in France, Belgium and Germany during World War II. His combat involved The Battle of the Bulge and many other battles. On return from the war, he worked as a lineman for Bell Telephone Co., becoming a central office technician in his 25 years of service with Bell.
In 1969, he and his wife, Mildred Rose (Lockwood) Swanson, purchased the Dalton Telephone Company and operated the company with co-owner Jack Swaim for 30 years.
He served as President of The Nebraska Telephone Association, Cheyenne County Commander of the American Legion, American Legion Post Commander in Sidney and Dalton, President of the Lions Club, member of the Elks Club and Mayor of Dalton.
He was a man God gave the charge to raise four boys. He is survived by three sons, Jerry Lee and wife Mary Swanson, Rex Allen and wife Denise Swanson, Lauren Arden and wife Charlotte Swanson and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, parents, brothers Arden and Lauren Swanson, sister Dorothy Chingren and his eldest son Merle Dean Swanson.
Swanny loved his wife, Mildred, and enjoyed working side by side with her for many years. They were married for 69 years.
Until We Meet Again.