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November 12, 1973 ~ October 8, 2023 (age 49) 49 Years Old
Greg “Swany” Swanson, 49, of Aberdeen, SD, passed away Sunday, October 8, 2023, at Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center surrounded by family after a two-year battle with cancer. He was reunited in heaven with his sister Cassi who passed away in 2022.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30, Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Monday, Oct 16, at the mortuary with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continues one hour before the service at the church.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and also view the service at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Gregory Lee Swanson was born November 12, 1973, to Galen “Chip” and Kathleen (Munsen) Swanson in Aberdeen. Starting at a young age, Greg loved all things that had to do with sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings. Greg attended O.M. Tiffany, Holgate Junior High, and graduated from Aberdeen Central High School in 1992.
In January of 1988, Greg started dating Chastity “Casey” Stolp. They were married on June 8, 1996, in Aberdeen at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The couple was blessed with two children, Gabe and Lauren.
Greg worked at Lang’s TV, Audio, and Appliance for 22 years. He loved his coworkers and immediately befriended them as soon as he started. Lang’s went above and beyond supporting him throughout his cancer journey because that is just who they are. They were part of his family.
Throughout his youth and teenage years, he played football, hockey, tennis, and baseball. Hockey was his true love. Greg could be seen on the rink with his #20 Cougars jersey on and had a slapshot that was fearsome. In 1992, Greg’s senior year, his Aberdeen Cougars won the state championship, and he led the state for most goals scored that year.
Greg’s greatest joy was his kids. He was there for every event, from sports to concerts, and everything in between. Greg could be found arriving over two hours early for sporting events (usually arriving before the team) so he could watch his kids play for the maximum amount of time. He was always there to support Gabe and Lauren, no matter what, exactly how his parents were there for him and his sister.
Besides family, friends were his life. Greg was a true friend to so many. He considered most of his friends as family and brothers. Greg made everyone feel welcome as the house would show on Sundays when the Vikings would play.
Greg could always be recognized wearing his Minnesota Vikings polo shirts daily. Anyone who knew Greg knows he was truly the biggest Vikings fan and will continue to cheer them on from heaven.
Grateful for having shared Greg’s life are his parents: Chip and Marian Swanson, and Bill and Kathy Keller; his wife Casey of 27 years; his children: Gabe (Lachelle) Swanson and Lauren (Tyler) Block; many friends and family; and the class of 1992.
Greg was preceded in death by his sister Cassi; his grandparents; his aunt Lucy Erickson, and his aunt Sharon Pickrel who also entered heaven the same day as Greg.
The family has requested casual attire to be worn for his funeral, and to wear Vikings attire in true Greg fashion, or wear anything purple.