October 31, 1924 - October 31, 2015
HAROLD "PETE" WILLIS SWANSON, age 91 of Des Plaines IL, formerly of Chicago and Geneseo, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. Harold "Pete" Swanson was born to Albert Swanson and Margaret Wilbur on December 7th, 1923 in Galva, IL and raised in Geneseo, IL with brother Albert Jr. Swanson (Catherine Barnett) and sister Carol (William Griggs). Pete attended Geneseo High School and in May of 1942, hitchhiked to California where he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, serving in the South Pacific Theater during WW II as a P38-Lightening pilot. In 1947, Pete met and wooed Rose Ann(Collins) while working at Stockyards Bank & Trust in Chicago. They married September 6th of that same year. For 45+ years, Harold worked for REGO, a Div. of Golconda Corporation, Inc, at 4201 W. Peterson Ave., Chicago, IL. Harold was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Margaret; his wife, Rose Ann who passed away September 4th, 1992; and his son Mark Swanson (Cheryl Peterson) who lost his battle with AML April 14th of this year. Pete is survived by his remaining 6 children, Mary (John Drinan), Peter (Patricia O'Grady), Madonna (James Ward), Paul (Jeanne Weis), John (Cate Considine), and Anne (Robert Liesz). Harold's familial legacy includes 22 grandchildren and 21 (soon 22) great-grandchildren. He was a caring husband, firm but ferociously loving father, and playful grandfather. Services for Pete will be held Thursday, November 5th, 2015 from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Severino's River Woods Funeral Chapels, 205 S River Road, Des Plaines, IL, 60016. Interment will be without services at St. Joseph Cemetery, 3100 Thatcher Ave, River Grove, IL. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to support those who defend our country via the Honor Flight Network or Wounded Warriors Project. For info 847-635-5900 or www.riverwoodsfc.com.
HAROLD "PETE" WILLIS SWANSON, age 91 of Des Plaines IL, formerly of Chicago and Geneseo, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. Harold "Pete" Swanson... View Obituary & Service Information
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