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On Jan. 29, 2021 Ron Swanberg, 92, died at home of cancer, surrounded by family.
Ron was born Nov. 6, 1928, the oldest child of Jennie and Fritz Swanberg, who were both born in Sweden. He grew up in the Stone community southwest of Mandan. He graduated at the age of 16 from Mandan High School in 1945.
Ron worked on the family farm with his father until he moved to Bismarck to play baseball and pursue his career in Plumbing. He later owned Swanberg Plumbing & Heating, which he ran until his retirement.
Ron served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. The weekend of his discharge, he met Monica Chesire, whose parents were both Irish. After a year and a half, they were married at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit. They had three children – Peggy, John and Mike.
Ron loved life. Many people remember him for his big laugh, big smile and big heart.
He loved all sports and played baseball, softball, bowling and horseshoes. For over 20 years, Ron sponsored, coached and played with the Swanberg Plumbing Softball team. The players became life-long friends and felt he was a mentor to them.
Ron is survived by his wife, Monica; children Peggy Riedinger, John (Barbara) Swanberg and Mike (Judi) Swanberg; grandchildren, Becky, Mark (Heather) and Jennie Riedinger, Erin Swanberg, Kelly (Roberto) Gameiro, Brian Swanberg, Ryan and Brittni Wold; and great-grandchildren, Evelynn and Damien Riedinger and Gus Gameiro. He is also survived by his brother and sisters-in-law, Art (Jean) Swanberg and Clare Williams; as well as many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, June Sommerfeld and Larry Swanberg; and in-laws, Wes Sommerfeld and Margaret and Bill Slogar.
No funeral is planned at this time due to Covid. Cremation has taken place. A small family service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8 at Parkway Funeral Service, Bismarck. A service livestream will be available on the funeral home’s website, listed below.
Burial will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry, 725 Memorial Hwy, Suite B, Bismarck, N.D. 58504.