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Larry Swanson

July 25, 1945 — March 20, 2023


Larry Swanson

Larry Howard Swanson, 77, of Riverdale, Illinois, passed away on March 20, 2023.

Larry was born on July 25, 1945, to Howard and Dorothy Swanson. After graduating from Watseka High School, he went on to graduate from the University of Illinois. He served as an Army medic during the Vietnam War. 

At Carter’s Mayflower, Larry met his first wife, Terry (nee Konradt), they married in 1970, and moved to Rantoul, IL. He also worked as a mechanic at Chanute Air Force Base. They were faithful members of American Lutheran Church in Rantoul, where Larry was a deacon and sang in the choir. Terry passed away in 1993. 

Larry was the loving father of Lorri Batsie and proud grandfather of Brooke and Caden Batsie of Kalamazoo, MI. 

In 1994, he became the beloved husband of Adelle (nee Mehaffey) Swanson. They resided in Riverdale, IL, where Larry was a data and archive manager. They had many friends, to whom Larry was very loyal, and they took good care of their dog, Pinky. On Friday nights, they enjoyed Gabe’s chicken. In fact, you could find Larry at Gabe’s on most days drinking coffee and joking with the staff. 

He was the dear brother of Barry and Bev Swanson and brother-in-law of Ted and Kathy Balcom and Mike and Bev Konradt. He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Jack Hefflefinger.

Larry loved woodworking, Allis Chalmers Tractors, feeding the squirrels, jigsaw puzzles, the Green Bay Packers, collecting vintage Fiestaware, and the Statler Brothers.

A service will be held in Rantoul, IL, at 11:00 am on April 24th at American Lutheran Church and in Chicago at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation options of Schiller Park, IL

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Past Services

Celebration of Life

Monday, April 24, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

American Lutheran Church, NALC

500 Church Dr, Rantoul, IL 61866

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