Licensed Funeral Director
Alex 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, Minnesota State University Moorhead with a B.A. in Communication Studies, and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a B.S. in Mortuary Science.
He was a lifelong member, organist, and historian of the Oak Mound Congregational Church until its closing. He has since held membership at North Buffalo Lutheran Church (rural Moorhead), where he serves as church treasurer, historian, substitute organist, sings in the choir, and has served on the church council.
He is a member of the Red River Theatre Organ Society and Red River Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where he has held various offices. Since age 16, he has served as a house organist of the Fargo Theatre on the “Mighty Wurlitzer” Theatre Pipe Organ there.
Since age 18, he has served as sexton and a board member for three rural cemeteries near his home.
His hobbies and interests include collecting vintage farm tractors and machinery, music, genealogy, and history. He is active in the Lake Agassiz Two-Cylinder Club, Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion at Rollag, MN, Cass and Clay County Historical Societies, and several genealogical organizations.
Alex resides on a farm near Moorhead. He entered funeral service on September 6, 2016, and joined the staff at West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center on September 3, 2019.