Licensed Funeral Director
Swanson was raised on a farm near Moorhead, Minnesota, where he was active in
community affairs and belonged to the Oak Mound 4-H Club and church Luther
League while growing up. He graduated from Moorhead High School, attended
Minnesota State University Moorhead and earned a B.A. in Communication Studies,
and then attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and earned a B.S.
in Mortuary Science.
was a lifelong member, organist, and historian of the Oak Mound Congregational
Church until its closing and has since held membership at North Buffalo
Lutheran Church (rural Moorhead), where he serves on the church council, is
church historian, substitute organist, and sings in the choir.
is a member of the Red River Theatre Organ Society and Red River Valley Chapter
of the American Guild of Organists, and currently serves as treasurer of both
organizations. He is also a house organist of the Fargo Theatre on the
“Mighty Wurlitzer” theatre pipe organ there.
He has served as sexton and an executive board member of the Oak
Mound Cemetery Association since age 18, and also belongs to the Cass and Clay
County Historical Societies.
His hobbies include collecting vintage farm tractors and machinery,
music, and genealogy. He is active in the Lake Agassiz Two-Cylinder Club and
the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag, MN.
Alex resides on a farm near Moorhead and joined the staff at West
Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center on September 3, 2019.