Woodstock Valley – John P. Swenson, 98 years old, of Bradford Corner Rd., passed away peacefully on October 2, 2014, while a resident at Regency Heights of Danielson. He was the loving husband of both the late Mary (Kohlsaat) Swenson and Mary (Nelson) Kohlsaat-Swenson. Born in St. Paul, MN, he was the son of the late Perry A. and Agnes (Bjork) Swenson.
John served as a Captain in the Army during World War II. He graduated from the University of Minnesota as a civil engineer and was a member of Theta Tau Engineering fraternity. John, along with his brother Sidney, were partners in their father’s building company, the Perry A. Swenson Co. based out of St. Paul, MN. He was a long time member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
John moved to Connecticut from his beloved Minnesota in 1994 to be near his daughters and granddaughters. He was a lifelong student and an avid reader. He enjoyed participating in Learning in Retirement programs at Quinebaug Valley Community College and attending programs at the University of Connecticut. In his earlier years he enjoyed photography and curling. He was also a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.
John is survived by his daughters, Cathy (Swenson) Lewis of Woodstock, CT and Barbara J. Swenson of Wethersfield, CT; his brothers, Sidney A. Swenson of St. Paul, MN, Dr. Donald B. Swenson of Minnetonka, MN; and his grandchildren, Chelsea (Lewis) Nettleton of Windsor, CT and Peri J. Lewis, of Woodstock, CT. He is predeceased by his son, John B. Swenson and his brother, Carl A. Swenson.
Burial with military honors will take place on Friday November 7, 2014 at 11:00 am in Acacia Park Cemetery in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, followed by a funeral service to be held at 1:00 pm in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. South, St. Paul, MN 55116. Memorial donations in John’s memory may be made to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling Ave. South, St. Paul, MN 55116. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.