Robert Bob James Swenson

June 23, 1924December 2, 2012
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Robert James Swenson June 23, 1924 to December 2, 2012

Robert Swenson, age 88, passed away on December 2, 2012, at the LaVilla Grande Care Center in Grand Junction, CO. Robert was born on June 23, 1924, to Ralph and Hazel (Stewart) Swenson, in Snoqualmie Falls, WA. He spent his childhood in Snoqulamie, WA, graduating high school there as well. He served as a Marine from 1944 to 1946. Robert married Wanda Thompson; they had four children, and later divorced. He married his wife, Lola, on September 15, 1972, in Port Angeles, WA. He held a variety of jobs over the years during his residence in Washington State and Grand Junction, CO, including: an Inspector at Boeing in Seattle, WA; a Lumber grader at a Weyerhaeuser Mill, owner of an Exxon service station, and a Custodian at Monroe Elementary in Port Angeles, WA. Robert enjoyed gardening, painting, and singing. He was a member of the Bethel Assembly of God and local VFW. He is preceded in death by his parents: Ralph and Hazel Swenson; his brothers: Stewart, Ralph, and George Swenson; his sisters: Grace Batty and Irene Fury; and his grandchild, Matthew Swenson. Robert is survived by his wife, Lola; his sons: Bob (Robin) Swenson, of Lake Tapps, WA; Jim (Patty) Swenson, of Port Angeles, WA; Earl (Vicki) Locke, of Glendale, AZ; Berl (Kelly) Locke, of Phoenix, AZ; his daughters: Sue (Bruce) Beamer, of Oak Harbor, WA; Sharon Yakanak, of Anchorage, AK; Gala (Bill) Case, of Clifton, CO; Mavis (Joe) Bounds, of Grand Junction, CO; his sister, Trudy Thompson, of San Antonio, TX; also 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. There will be a Visitation on Monday, December 10, 2012, at Martin Mortuary between 5 and 7 pm. A Memorial Service for Robert will be held at the Bethel Assembly of God Church (2945 Orchard Ave) on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 10:30 am with Pastor David Huslig presiding. Interment, with honors, will be at the Veterans Cemetery of Western Colorado following the Memorial Service at 1 pm.


  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2012
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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Dakota Swenson

December 14, 2012

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.


December 12, 2012

Patty, Jim and Family, so sorry to hear this news. My prayer are being sent your way.

December 11, 2012

I just wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family through this heartbreaking time. I loved Bob very much, and will never forget his kindness and love he always showed to everyone. He was a kid at heart and loved life. Lola I will always consider you as mom, I love you so much and miss you even more. Hugs from me to you! Judy (Locke) Tanner

Katoka Case

December 11, 2012

Tonight while visiting my grandfather and saying my goodbye's I sat in the pew at the funeral home and thought about the tremendous blessing that he has bestowed upon all of my family. I realized that God has a way of providing for our every need and sent a man into our lives that truly led by example. He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, and friend. In the 40 years that I have had the privilege of calling him Grandpa I can honestly say that I have never encountered another individual that has had the ability to love as unconditional as Bob. I will miss him dearly and keep his memory close to my heart and as I lay him to rest I will take with me the lessons I have learned trough him and leave my judgments, disappointments, and heartaches at the altar. For God has truly sent us an angel to teach us the true meaning of love and how important is to cherish our family. I love you Grandpa........God Speed!

Lance Smith

December 10, 2012

To the kindest most gentle soul that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing in my whole life you will be greatly missed and never forgotten. I love you with all my Hart Grandpa. Lance Michael

Karianne Minks (Swenson)

December 10, 2012

Boone Case

December 9, 2012

You are truly God's gift to humanity and a blessing to us all! I feel the memories of your thoughtfulness & kindness have guided & shaped my life in ways I couldn`t begin to possibly explain or perhaps don`t fully understand. I believe that you are the kindest man I have or will ever know and take great pride in having had you for my grandfather! I thank God for you and the time we have all been blessed to have had you for!
I love you & you will be greatly missed until we see you again!!!

Mel Smith

December 8, 2012

To the Swenson family, please accept my condolences, Bob will be greatly missed. He was blessed to live a long time. Psalms 90:10 says that those who live to be 80 and older have "extra strength" which he had. May you treasure the fond memories of him in your heart.

Billie Harris

December 6, 2012

Lola and family yes Bob will be missed we have known him for a long time he was a great guy always had a smile for you your friends Ken and Billie Harris

Dalton and Jackie Richardson

December 6, 2012

Our love and prayers are with you.