Kenneth E. Swanlund


LA MOILLE - Kenneth Eugene Swanlund, 83, of LaMoille passed away July 29, 2020 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the LaMoille Community United Methodist Church with Pastor Dave Jungnickel officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Aug. 4 from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service. Burial will follow at Greenfield Cemetery in LaMoille. Social distancing and face coverings will be required. Lundquist-Merritt Funeral Home, LaMoille is handling arrangements.

Kenneth was born March 22, 1937 in LaMoille to Edgar and Verna (Bauer) Swanlund. He married Sandra J. Riegel on June 1, 1958 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mendota. She preceded him in death on Sept. 19, 2019.

Survivors include three children, Bradley (Shelley) Swanlund of Peru, Todd (Diane) Swanlund of Arlington Heights and Holly (Michael) Hoffart of Franklin, Tenn.; one grandson, Tyler Swanlund of Chicago; one sister, Dixie (Gary) Anderson of LaMoille; several loving nieces and nephews; and the beloved family cat, Squeaks.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and his wife.

Kenneth graduated from LaMoille High School in 1955 and was a lifelong resident of LaMoille. He and Sandra moved to their farm north of LaMoille in 1958. He was a farmer for 48 years, raising corn, soybeans and livestock. He also sold DeKalb seed corn, was a member of the Mendota Moose Lodge and the Bureau County Farm Bureau. He was a lifetime member of the Community United Methodist Church of LaMoille, serving on committees and singing in the church choir for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, and visiting with friends over coffee at local establishments in Van Orin and Mendota. He was a member of the Thursday Night Men’s Bowling League in Dixon with his brother, Melvin, and enjoyed playing dart ball for the church. He was a Cubs fan and loved nature and animals.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the LaMoille Ambulance Service or the Community United Methodist Church of LaMoille.

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