In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the Kansas City Hospice House. Park Lawn Funeral Home, Kansas City, Mo. is in charge of arrangements
Bob was born March 27, 1932 in Worthington, Minn., and lived most of his life in Edina, Minn. before moving to Kansas City in 2004.
He graduated from Cherokee High School in 1950. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, then earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota. He owned Swanson Hardware for many years before retiring in 1995.
He was a member of the Joppa Masonic Lodge #300 in Minneapolis and attended Woods Chapel United Methodist Church.
Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret Swanson; a son and daughter- in- law, Matthew B. and Sherri Swanson of Lee's Summit, Mo.; a daughter and son- in- law, Judith M. and Andy Albers of Valparaiso, Ind.; and four grandchildren - Caroline Albers, Michael Albers, Nicholas Swanson and Megan Swanson.