Charles Swanson Obituary

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Charles Swanson Obituary - PAGE 4 SECTION! DAILY HERALD FoxVaHey SATURDAY,...
PAGE 4 SECTION! DAILY HERALD FoxVaHey SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2008 F1 Dedicated farmer dies, served on many boards BY KERRY LESTER hleslrrftiilmlyhrrnlrl. com In a changing suburban landscape, Charles "Chuck" Swanson remained a steadfast farmer. "Even as things moved from being rural to more urban, Chuck loved to tell the world about agriculture," friend and colleague Bob Konen of Sugar Grove said. Swanson, of Gilberts, died Wednesday. He was 72. Born in Elgin, Swanson was a 1953 graduate of Dundee Community High School, where he was active in the 4- H club, the band and the National Honor Society. Swanson married Betilah Chestnut in 1958. "We met at of all places the Blue Moon Ballroom in Elgin," his wife said. "The northern half of Kane County just about all met there in those days." Settling in Algonquin and Gilberts, the pair raised four children. "He was not a harsh disciplinarian," his wife said, "but he was very involved in his children's lives." A well-known grain farmer and trucker, Swanson sup- ported his profession any way he could. He served as a director and vice president of the Kane County Farm Bureau, as chairman of the Kane- DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District, chairman of the Kane-DuPage Farm Safety Association and as a board member of the Kane County Corn Growers. He also served his community as a trustee for Rutland Township and as chairman of the zoning board of appeals in Gilberts. "If someone was doing something (at the farm bureau), you knew Chuck and Beulah had a hand in it," Konen said. An outspoken personality, "if he had an opinion, you were going to learn about it." Konen's family and the SwansOns remained close friends through the years. "We'd go to their house and play cards, their kids and our kids would play together," he said. Each of Swansons' four children are involved with farming today, Konen said. "He passed on his love for the profession," he said. In his later years, Swanson enjoyed going to tractor shows, reading agriculture magazines and keeping tabs on the Chicago Bears, Bulls and White Sox. "That is, until they got too far behind," his wife said. "Then he'd shut them off." Swanson is survived by his wife, his daughters, Anne Heinrich and Sandy Seyller, both of Hampshire; sons Jerry, of Plato Center, and Robert, of Genoa; and brothers Dick and Jake Swanson of Lake in the Hills, Doug Swanson of Carpentersville, Stuart Swanson of Elgin and Steve Swanson of Dundee. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kay Swanson. Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Fredrick Funeral Home, 284 Park St., Hampshire. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Congregational Church, 11628 E. Main St., Huntley. Burial will be in Plato Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Kane County Farm Bureau Scholarship Foundation or the Rutland/Dundee Fire Protection District. Call (847) 683-2711. CHRISTOPHER MANKINS/DAII.Y HERALD FII.K PHOTO Chuck Swanson, right, shares a laugh with family friend Randy Paul! at the Swanson farmhouse In Gilberts. PUT SOMETHING OF REAL VALUE IN YOUR ATTIC. Can your old clothes, precious keepsakes or vinyl record collection save you up to 30%* on your utility bills? Or earn you

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 29 Mar 2008, Sat,
  3. Page 93

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