Roy Swenson Obituary (2022) – Minneapolis, MN

Roy Edward Swenson obituary
Roy was born to Rose and Ed Swenson of Wayzata, Mn. He was the middle child of siblings Bob, Betty, Don, Grace, Lora and Suzie. After graduating from Wayzata High School, he joined the Navy. He was on his way to Japan at the end of World War II. In 1955 Roy married Mary Lou. He was the proud father of Paul and Ann; Katherine and Joe’s grandfather and Laura and Rolf’s stepfather.
Roy worked in the automotive industry selling cars, auto parts primarily in the Lake Minnetonka area. He also sold highway truck insurance throughout Minnesota.
When the kids were growing up, they took family vacations to Oregon, Washington DC, and Big Sky Montana. The family spent many happy times at their cabin on Bay Lake with family and friends. On Sunday mornings at the cottage, you would find him making a batch of pancakes for the family. When not in Bay Lake, Roy enjoyed skiing and golfing. He always had a project like refurbishing furniture or just getting into his garage. Roy loved cars, but at the cottage his favorite mode of transportation was his John Deere lawn tractors.
During his retirement, he was an avid volunteer of his time. Once a month, he delivered meals on wheels, rang the Christmas bells for the Salvation Army, and served as a neighborhood captain for the American Heart Association. For the Bay Lake Improvement Association, he served as shoreline captain and MNR invasive species inspector.
He was a longtime member of the Congregational Church of Excelsior where he was responsible for the Easter breakfast for many years. When they moved to Minnewashta Church, he enjoyed being a member of the men’s club and doing projects around the church, as well as preparing the church and inaugurating the service.
Roy passed away peacefully on February 26, 2022 at the age of 94. Proceeded to death by his wife Mary Lou. Survive children Paul (Laura) Swenson and Ann (Rolf) Ringgold, grandchildren Katherine and Joe Swenson, sisters Grace Donley and Lora Brothers, many relatives and friends. Special thanks to Parks Place Memory Care and Grace Hospice. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19 at Minnewashta Church W 62nd St, Shorewood. Visit at 10 a.m. Instead of flowers, go to the Bay Lake Environmental Fund or the Minnewashta Church Men’s Club.

Published by Legacy on March 12, 2022.

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