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Rev. Earl Swanson, 83, of 1027 King’s Highway, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Friday, Jan. 2, 1998 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.

Earl was born Sept. 9, 1914 in the Township of Wood River, Wis. to the late Albert and Esther Swanson. He was raised on the family farm in Alfa Township, Wis. and worked the family farm with his father. Earl later entered junior college not having graduated from high school and, following his graduation, entered Northpark Seminary in Chicago, Ill.

During an internship at a church in Mears, Mich., Earl met Beth Cole and they were later united in marriage on June 22, 1951.

Together, Earl and Beth returned to Chicago, where he completed his seminary training and graduated in 1955. Earl than began his ministry in LeRoy and Tustin, Mich., and also pastored churches in Evansville and Chippewa, Mn., Essex, Iowa, Chetek, Wis., and Off Lake Covenant Church in Emo, Ont. before coming to the Covenant Church in Fort Frances where he pastored until his passing.

Earl pastored in the Evangelical Covenant Church for more than 42 years.

He enjoyed all sports, and played semi-professional hockey and amateur baseball. He also enjoyed the outdoors and liked to fish and hunt. In 1995, he was named “Citizen of the Year” in Fort Frances.

He loved his family, and the families he served in his churches. Earl was known for his compassion and caring way, and for helping those who were in need.

He was predeceased by his nephew, David Swanson; and niece, Esther Wruck.

Earl is survived by his wife of more than 46 years, Beth F. Swanson of Fort Frances, Ont.; son, Steve Swanson and wife, Cherrie, of Fort Mills, S.C.; daughter, Alberta Madsen of Wayne, N.J.; four grandchildren, Joren Madsen, Savannah Rockstraw, Joy Swanson, and Joshua Swanson; brother, Stewart Swanson and wife, Margaret, of Siren, Wis.; sisters, Esther Swanson of St. Paul, Mn., and Gladys Carrol of Okatello, Idaho; nieces, Eileen and Enid; and nephew, Brian.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Pastors Dan Pearson and Larry Connors officiated, with interment in Woodlake Cemetery in Alfa, Wis.

Friends visited Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998 from 7-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.

Pallbearers were Doug McBride, Bruce Woodgate, Albert Ferris Jr., Alex Wilson, Jim Hickok, and Marvin Anderson.

In memoriam donations may be made to the Missions Fund, c/o The Evangelical Covenant Church, 1027 King’s Highway, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2X7.