Kenneth W. Swanson Sr.

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died July 9th, 2020

Kenneth W. Swanson Sr., 84, of Escanaba, MI, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at his home.

He was born on December 19, 1935, in Escanaba, the son of Albert and Mildred (­­­De Caire) Swanson.

Ken graduated from Escanaba High School and married his wife of 65 years, Theresa Roberts on November 20, 1954 in Flat Rock, MI.

Ken was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for Prudential in Chicago IL.  Ken and Theresa founded Swanson Construction. In 1972 they founded Hilltop Camper Mfg. which has become the Hilltop RV Superstore of today.  His business successes also included manufacturing aluminum satellite dishes and solar heating panels.  After his retirement in December of 2000, he enjoyed square dance calling, woodworking and furniture making, and he was an active member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, rarely missing daily mass.  He was also an avid Packer fan.

Ken is survived by his wife Theresa, his 10  children Michael (Cindy) Swanson, Steven Swanson, Daniel (Melissa) Swanson, Jean (John) Wendrick, Katherine (Rodney) Johnson, Patricia (Brian) Baum, Eric (Shelley) Swanson, Christine Swanson-Greene, Jennifer (Neil) Lyons, and Kenneth J. (Diane) Swanson; and brother, David Swanson as well as 59 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his brothers, Albert and Gerald Swanson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 15th at 1:30 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Escanaba MI with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating.  Visitation will follow at Crawford Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To comply with the current regulations, please wear a mask and enter the funeral home using the north entrance on 2nd avenue and exit using the east (front) door of the building.  Burial will be held on the morning of Thursday, July 16th at Holy Cross Cemetery in Escanaba at 11:00 a.m.

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5 Tributes to “Kenneth W. Swanson Sr.”

  1. My prays to the Swanson family as the remember their dad losing a parent is not easy I am a classmate of Jean and also know Kathy.

  2. I was terribly saddened to hear of Kenny’s passing. My love and so many memories of him will never fade. He was an awesome husband, father, grandfather and friend, so God loving and humble. My heart and prayers go out to each of his family and to those who were blessed to know him. I know, I thank God for all his guidance and love he gave me growing up. To the Swanson family, especially, Theresa, may God comfort you knowing he is in our Savior’s arms, welcoming him home. Love Always, Gerri PS, Ken, one last time, let’s do something stupid😘 I think Shakeys went to heaven😚

  3. So sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. A man of faith, of good humor, of hard work, of family. He has been an example to all who have crossed his path and a blessing to his family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

  4. Theresa and family, so sorry to hear the passing of your husband and father. Ken was a very kind and special person. He and my dad were cousins and grew up together. I heard many stories about the their childhood when Ken and Theresa saw me in Super One while they shopped. I was also blessed with one of his clocks he made. It will always be treasured. I pray my dad and Ken are enjoying Heaven together!!! May Gods peace be with all of you. Tammy(Swanson)Carlson

  5. To Theresa and all of Kenny’s family- I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. I certainly have enjoyed the many lengthy conversations we had over breakfast or lunch, either in a restaurant, at Kenney’s beautiful log home, or at my camp. Kenny absolutely idolized his wife, and his love and devotion to his family was an inspiration to me. I am proud to have been able to call him “Cousin.” RIP my friend.
    Dick & Sue Anne DeGrand

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