Licensed Funeral Director
Swanson was raised on a fifth-generation family farm north of Moorhead near
Kragnes, Minnesota, where he has lived all his life. While growing up he
was active in community affairs and belonged to the Oak Mound 4-H Club. He graduated from Moorhead High School in
2014 and attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where he earned a B.A. in
Communication Studies in 2018, and then the University of Minnesota in
Minneapolis, earning a B.S. in Mortuary Science in 2019.
was an active member, organist, and historian of the Oak Mound Congregational
Church until its closing and has since been a member of the North Buffalo
Lutheran Church in Kragnes Township, where he held offices in the Luther League
and sang in the church choir, in addition to serving on various committees and
as substitute church organist. He has also served as part-time and
substitute organist for many other area churches.
is an active member of the Red River Theatre Organ Society and Red River Valley
Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, has served as president and vice
president of the former, and currently serves as treasurer of both
organizations. He has served as a house organist at the Fargo Theatre on
the “Mighty Wurlitzer” theatre pipe organ there.
is Vice President of the Oak Mound Cemetery Association and was secretary and
vice president of the Probstfield Farm Living History Foundation board of
hobbies include collecting and restoring vintage farm tractors, music, and
genealogy. He belongs to the Lake Agassiz Two-Cylinder Club and currently
serves as its president, and is also active in the Western Minnesota Steam
Threshers Reunion where he is serving as Co-Chairman of the 2024 John Deere
Exposition planning committee.
lives on his great-grandparents’ farmstead near Kragnes and joined the staff at
West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center in September, 2019.