Phillip Lowell Swanson

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, June 30, 1931
Date of Death:
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Age:
89 years old

Visitation

Date: Saturday August 01, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Private Family Memorial Service

Date: Saturday August 01, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Oakwood Cemetery

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, June 30, 1931
Date of Death:
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Age:
89 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, June 30, 1931
Date of Death:
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Age:
89 years old

Phillip Lowell Swanson

Phillip Lowell Swanson, a long-time Rochester resident, passed away at Season’s Hospice on July 18, 2020, after a struggle with cancer.  Phil was born on June 30, 1931, the second child of William and Helen (Dahl) Swanson. He grew up in south Minneapolis, earned money with a paper route, and attended Roosevelt High School (class of 1949), where he played the trumpet in the band. He went on to the University of Minnesota and received a Bachelor of Science degree from its College of Pharmacy in 1955.

Phil worked in retail pharmacy at Dahl Drug in downtown Minneapolis for two years. Then, between 1955 and 1958, he served with the U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, AK.

In 1958, Phil joined Eli Lilly and Company as a pharmaceutical representative, working four years in Minneapolis and 29 years in Rochester, primarily at Mayo Clinic Hospitals, and the surrounding territory. He retired from Lilly in 1991.

Phil was a member of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, Minnesota Pharmaceutical Association, and University of Minnesota Alumni Association. He was past president of the Rochester Detail Group. He also belonged to the Rochester Exchange Club and was a long-standing member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Phil was an avid reader with many interests, including military history and spy fiction, and accumulated an extensive home library. He loved baseball, tennis, cross-country skiing, and travel, though his favorite leisure activity was golf.

He married Phylis Marie Bechtold in 1954; the couple divorced in 1975. In 1985, he married Marcia Elaine Wittren, who passed away in 2008. He was also preceded in death by his parents and an older sister, Joanne Larsen.

Phillip is survived by special friend Beverly Simpson of Rochester, his sister Lois Engseth of Wauwatosa, WI, brothers Don (Carol) Swanson of Rochester and William (Libby) Swanson of Minneapolis, step-children Douglas (Carol) Wittren, Portland, OR, Dean (Susie) Wittren, Rochester, and Amy (Mark) Reader, St. Bonifacius, MN, and step-grandchildren Charlie and Henry Wittren, and Alex Reader. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will take place at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 1st, 2020, at Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th St SE, Rochester, MN, with inurnment at a later date.

The family wishes to thank to the staff of Season’s Hospice for their very kind and professional care of Phillip during the past several weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Season’s Hospice 1696 Greenview DR SW, Rochester, MN 55902, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Av NW, Rochester, MN 55901, or the donor’s choice.

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Phil will be missed by so many, I met Phil when Bev Simpson brought him to join our Exchange Club.  I immediately felt like I knew him forever.  Phil was such a polite, kind man.  Rest in Peace,  Amy 


 

--> Phil Swanson and family. My parents Elmer & Dorothy Kruesel were VERY GOOD friends with Phil (and Marcia). My folks did many things with Phil as did I (Gary) -- My Dad and Phil and I went to several "Quarterback" events -- had lots of fun.


 


Phil was so nice, polite and always smiling. My late wife Rita Rae (passed Feb 11, 2020) when we were with or saw Phil would comment on how nice he was/is -- He sure was.  


 


My parents Elmer (passed August of 2016) and my Mother Dorothy (passed Feb of 2015) considered Phil one of their very best friends. Any chance we had to get together we did ... Dad considered Phil like about his best friend.


 


So from my parents WE want to tell you we are so sorry for loss. My sister Karen (Glenwood, MN) and brother John (Rochester) ... we and our extended families wish to you all ... PEACE and BETTER DAYS -- Phil was/is ONE OF A KIND.

Dear Swanson family,


Bev Simpson introduced me to Phil at the Rochester Exchange Club.  What a sweet man!  He always had a smile on his face and a nice thing to say to everyone.  He always made an effort to greet you and engage in conversation.  He will be greatly missed.  Our thoughts and prayers to you all and to Phil's soul.  May he rest in peace.


 


Sue Madden

We met at the Exchange Club and I always enjoyed talking with Phil. He will be missed by many, rest in peace my friend.

I am so sorry for your loss.  Phil was such a great person and my best friend.  He will live on in my memories forever.  My heartfelt condolences to the Swanson family.


Lowell Janssen