TRAER Karl Burland Swanson, 93, of Traer, formerly of Newhall, died peacefully on April 5, 2011, at his granddaughter's home in Traer where he had been residing the past 4 years.
Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2011, at St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall, with Rev. Steven Rempfer officiating. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Burial was in St. John Cemetery, Newhall.
Karl was born December 18, 1917, in Creston, the son of August and Esther Larson Swanson. He graduated from Creston High School.
Karl was united in marriage with Evelyn Werning in Creston. The couple farmed near Newhall. Karl retired in 1983.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Newhall. Karl enjoyed spending time with his family.
Karl is survived by one son, Burland (Lorena) Swanson of Vinton; one sister, Carolyn Marie Stevens of Loveland, Colo.; one granddaughter, Susan (Scott) Dunkel of Traer; 3 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn; one brother, Walton Swanson; and two sisters: Eleanor Anderson and Esther Lorraine Gaskill.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice, 2101 Kimball Ave., Waterloo, IA 50702.
Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home of Vinton is caring for Karl and his family. Condolences may be left at www.vsrfh.com.