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 an active member, organist, and historian of the Oak Mound Congregational
Church until its closing and has since belonged to North Buffalo Lutheran
Church in Kragnes Township, where he serves on the church council, is
substitute church organist, and sings in the church 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 on the
executive board of the Oak Mound Cemetery Association since age 18, and was a
trustee of the Probstfield Farm Living History Foundation board.
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 lives on a farm near Moorhead
and joined the staff at West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center on
September 3, 2019.