Claude William Swanson

January 10, 1945July 23, 2013

Claude William Swanson, 68 of Woodland went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at DRMC. On December 17, 1966 Claude and Ginger were married at Trinity United Methodist Church in Clearfield..

Born January 10, 1945 in Clearfield, he was the son of the late Frederick and Dolores (Woolever) Swanson.

Mr. Swanson was a member of the Lake Street United Methodist Church, Woodland. He was a veteran of the US Army during the Vietnam War having been stationed in Germany. Claude was employed by the Moshannon Valley School District until his retirement June 30, 2011. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and farm tractors as both a collector and admirer.

He is survived by his wife, Genevieve "Ginger" (Waring) Swanson, and 2 daughters and a son: Michele Bell and her husband Ken, West Decatur; William Swanson, Woodland; Susan Moore and her husband Dave, Clearfield; also 4 grandchildren: Matthew Bell, Justin Bell, Derek Moore and Kayla Moore; 2 brothers and 2 sisters: James Swanson and his wife Patty, Woodland; Leda Wisor, Bigler; Ronald Swanson, LeMoyne, PA; Sharon Hoffman, LeMoyne, PA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Frederick Swanson and Leonard Swanson.

A Celebration of Life for Claude William Swanson will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Lake Street United Methodist Church, Lake Street, Woodland, PA 16881 with Pastor Sean Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 the time of service at the church. Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Military honors will be provided by the Clearfield Honor Guard following the celebration of life at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Claude William Swanson to the Lake Street United Methodist Church, Lake Street , Woodland, PA 16881.

Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc., 312 E. Locust Street, Clearfield, PA 16830 is assisting the family with their arrangements.

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August 1, 2013

Ginger, Will, Michelle, and Susan,
May God give you peace in knowing he is not longer in pain, and that he knew how well he was loved by you all. Find solace in your memories and blessings in the love you all share for one another.

With much love,

Barbra Kefalas, Abbie and Mitchel.


July 27, 2013

May God give all of you comfort in the days and weeks ahead. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

Duane & Darlene Wriglesworth

July 27, 2013

Ginger and family, We are so sorry to hear about Claude, I know how much he loved you, he told me once how much you meant to him. You have his memories and they can never be taken from you. It will be hard, so keep your family

July 26, 2013

Ginger and kids,
I remember Claude as such a kind and thoughtful man. He showed me many kindnesses when I was young. I am sorry for your loss but am happy he is in a better place. Jeanne Lumadue

July 25, 2013

Ginger, Michelle, Will and Susan,
I will keep you close in my thoughts and prayers.
I loved my brother so very much as I love you.
He is with us always in our memories.

Cindy & Norm Dixon

July 25, 2013

Ginger, We are so sorry to hear of your loss! Hold your family close and lean on them for comfort. We will keep you in our prayers!

Jackie & Brian Anderson

July 25, 2013

Ginger and Family,
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I know Claude will be missed by many. May it comfort you to know that he is at peace and you have many wonderful memories.

July 25, 2013

Ginger and Family, So shocked to hear of your sudden, unexpected, loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and pray you find comfort knowing God's presence is watching over your family. Love, Cousin Joann and Herb Maney