Swanlund George Swanlund I wish that you could be reading my work under better circumstances. It pains me that I, too, will be relegated to that long list of geniuses and free thinkers who are unknown at their untimely demise and are discovered and appreciated only when it is too late to reap the accolades and benefits of their brilliance. Sad, but true in my case; for I passed into the great beyond at 2:00 AM, June 24, 2003. This is not to say that I haven't had a full and rich life. I served my country in two wars as a member of the Army (WWII) and the Navy (Korean Conflict). I was married for 52.5 years (that's the electrical engineer in me talking) to my darling LuJean whose kindness and compassion is unmatched by all but the Dali Lama. Our loving union gave us five wonderful children: Doug, who preceded me in death, Mark, Gail, Jean Ann, and Jan. They finally got jobs and their lives in some semblence of order, so I guess it's okay that I'm no longer here to do it for them. The political community, however, is on its own. As a Minnesotan in this mortal coil, my family and I enjoyed many outdoor activities. Summer or winter you could find us paddling in the BWCA, hiking, biking, or on the slopes. I've been surrounded by incredible family and friends since my debut in Newport, MN. I treasure my relationships with my brothers, Earl (my twin), Robert, and Howard, and their families, and look forward to reuniting with my parents, Martin and Sarah. I now leave you with one final thought, live your life to the fullest and marvel at the joy of God's gifts. Memorials preferred to the Spinal Cord Society. Memorial Service Sunday, 7 PM at North Presbyterian Church, 2675 East Hwy 36, North St. Paul, with visitation 1 hour before. Pvt. interment, National Cemetery. Sandberg Family F.H. 651-777-2600

Published on June 25, 2003

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