Robert 'Bob' Swanson, 70, of Rockport, Texas, died June 27, 2013 at home in Rockport, Texas. He was born Aug. 18, 1942 in Genoa, Neb., to Elmer and Lillie (Bender) Swanson.
He grew up in Rising City and graduated from David City High School in 1959. After high school, Bob served in the U.S. Navy until 1963.
He worked at Omaha Public Power District in Omaha, Syracuse, and Elkhorn until retirement in 2001.
He loved his family, the Huskers, and you didn't want to get him started about the state of this country. He was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus.
He married JoAnn Egr in 1963 and they had four sons. Bob and Kathy Newsom were married Jan. 25, 2001. They spent their years in Akeley, Minn., and Rockport.
Bob is survived by his wife, Kathy; children Dan and Kathy Swanson of Nebraska City, Bob and Janice Swanson of Lincoln, David and Lisa Swanson of Weeping Water, Debbie Swanson of Otoe, Tom, Al, and Steve Nodes of Minnesota, Jenny Rounsville of Minnesota; sisters Millie Meyers of Grand Island and Jeanetta and Gayle Janssen of Norfolk.
Between Bob and Kathy they had 36 grandchildren and 10 great grandkids.
Bob was preceded by brother Fred Swanson, sister and brother-in-law Gloria and Grover Gray, brother-in-law Charlie Meyers and son Rick Swanson.
Funeral services are at 10 a.m. July 27 at St. Bonaventure's Catholic Church in Columbus.
Burial of ashes is at Friend's Cemetery between Monroe and Genoa.