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Gerald Swanson

May 24, 1941 - January 29, 2020


Gerald Swanson, age 78 of Durand, passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Memorial Healthcare Center in Owosso. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Durand Chapel. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of the service.

Gerald was born May 24, 1941 in Lansing, a son of Ralph and Lulu (Taylor) Swanson. On August 18, 1962 he married Janice Monroe. Gerald was a member of the Durand Eagles, Moose Lodge and the V.F.W. He enjoyed golf, playing cards, NASCAR, Michigan State Sports and almost any other sport. Prior to his retirement at age 62, he had been employed by Allied Trucking for 27 years.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Janice Swanson; daughter, Tara (Kraig) Kolk; grandchildren, Janet Kolk and Jordan (Caleb) Hayes; brother, Marshall (Pat) Swanson; sisters, Phyllis (Fred) Welch and Sandra (David) Morris and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janet; brother, Melvin and parents, Ralph and Lulu.

Memorial contributions in Gerald's name are suggested to the Durand V.F.W. Auxiliary. Online condolences may be sent at