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John Swanson, 82 - January 31, 2007

John H. Swanson, 82, of Cozad, formerly of Gothenburg, died Mon­day, Jan. 22, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Cozad.
Services were held on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Berryman Funeral Home Chapel at Cozad with the Rev. Larry Milliken officiating. Burial was at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Swanson was born on Jan. 16, 1925, at Gothenburg, to Levi and Ada Lindberg Swanson. He was raised north of Gothenburg and attended rural school.
He served in the United States Army during World War II, at Normandy, France and Belgium. He was captured in Germany and was a POW for five months. He was awarded the Good Conduct medal, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman badge and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal with three bronze stars.
In 1946, he married Rose Maline at Norton, KS. The couple made their home in Gothenburg until 1969, when they moved to Cozad. He was employed with Coop at Gothenburg and Cozad.
Swanson was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Gothenburg.
He enjoyed gardening, yard work and coin collecting, according to family members.
Swanson was preceded in death by: four brothers—Elmer, Ronnie, Billy and Stanley.
Survivors include: his wife, Rose of Cozad; four sons—Galen (Patti) and Larry, all of Cozad, Dan (Michelle) of Oconto and Jim (Carolyn) of Omaha; a daughter, Jodie Eckerdt of Loveland, CO; brother, Harold Swanson of Omaha; sister, Betty Williams of Greeley, CO; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Gothenburg.
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