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Dale Swanson, 70

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Dale Swanson, born July 17, 1943, of Milltown, Wis., formerly of Hudson, Wis., passed away on Aug. 15, 2013, after a month of battling health problems.

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Dale graduated from Hudson High School in 1961 and married high school sweetheart Shelby Kees in 1963. During their marriage they became foster parents to several foster children. Due to his career in Electrical Wholesale and fostering, they relocated from Hudson to Minneapolis, Eau Claire, and later Centuria. This marriage later ended in divorce.

Beginning in 1965 Dale joined the National Guard in Company B based in New Richmond and Headquarters Company in Eau Claire. During his 13 years of service, he achieved the rank of staff sergeant and received many acclamations leading the food service teams.

Upon completion of his service, he found work in a variety of service industries and later found his true calling: helping customers in local hardware stores from Dresser to Frederic.

In 2004 he met Dawn Anderson and her four children and later married into the family in 2008. During their time together, they enjoyed several activities ranging from camping and canoeing to mini-golf and bowling, and they traveled from Alaska to Florida.

In the course of his 70 years, Dale appreciated hunting, fishing, curling, watching the Green Bay Packers, golfing, shooting trap, and singing karaoke (yes, karaoke.)

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Frances; sister Pamela "Penny"; and dogs Mutch and Maize.

He is survived by wife Dawn; stepchildren Brian, Angie, Tess, and Billy; brother Duane (Beth); sister Patricia Laughnan; cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Memorial service will be held at the Milltown Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Gathering will be at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m.

Funeral arrangements are being provided by Rowe Funeral Home, 715-472-2444, www.rowefh.com.

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