Colorado memorial planned for Snoqualmie Falls' Robert James Swenson

Former Valley resident Robert Swenson, age 88, died Sunday, Dec. 2, at the LaVilla Grande Care Center in Grand Junction, Colo.

Robert was born on June 23, 1924, to Ralph and Hazel (Stewart) Swenson, of Monte Vista Farm, Snoqualmie Falls. He spent his childhood at the family dairy farm and graduated from Snoqualmie High School in 1943. He served as a Marine in the South Pacific and China from 1944 to 1946.

Robert married Wanda Thompson of Snoqualmie; they had four children, and later divorced. He married his wife, Lola, on September 15, 1972, in Port Angeles, Wash. He held a variety of jobs over the years during his residence in Washington state and Grand Junction, Colo., including: an inspector at Boeing in Seattle; a lumber grader at a Weyerhaeuser Mill, owner of an Exxon service station, and a custodian at Monroe Elementary in Port Angeles.

Robert is survived by his wife, Lola; his sons: Bob (Robin) Swenson, of Lake Tapps, Wash.; Jim (Patty) Swenson, of Port Angeles; Earl (Vicki) Locke, of Glendale, Ariz.; Berl (Kelly) Locke, of Phoenix, Ariz.; his daughters: Sue (Bruce) Beamer, of Oak Harbor, Wash.; Sharon Yakanak, of Anchorage, Alaska; Gala (Bill) Case, of Clifton, Colo.; Mavis (Joe) Bounds, of Grand Junction; his sister, Trudy Thompson, of San Antonio, Tex.; also 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Robert is December 11 at the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Grand Junction, Colo.

Bob’s memory book is available at:


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