James Martin Swanson - 82

9/12/1937 - 1/27/2020

Byron

 Byron - James Martin “Jim” Swanson, 82, a lifelong resident of the Byron/Stillman Valley area, passed away on Monday, January 27th, 2020, surrounded by his family, at the Medina Manor Nursing Home in Durand, Illinois. Jim was born on September 12, 1937, to Martin and Pauline (Dietrich) Swanson. Jim graduated from Byron High School in 1955 and the University of Illinois with a degree in Agricultural Economics.  He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  Following college graduation, Jim enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country in Germany. He married Linda Williams on August 28, 1965. He worked at Stillman Bank for 30 years where he enjoyed his time as both a Loan Officer and Senior Vice President; always willing to take a chance on farmers and business owners during a time when a man’s handshake was worth more than his signature.  Following retirement, Jim was a member of the Ogle County Board where he served for 10 years.  Jim was an avid sports fan who spent time rooting for the Cubs, Bears, Bulls and the Fighting Illini. He enjoyed talking with his two sons about how the cattle and crops were doing.  He and Katie both enjoyed their conversations on the way to school each morning.  Jim thoroughly enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and livestock shows. Time spent with family was everything to him.  Jim is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda; children, Eric (Jill) Swanson, Adam Swanson, Byron, IL, Katie (Brent) Schmadeke, Crofton, MD; six grandchildren, Kylie, Keelyn, Alex, Wyatt, Zeke, Alayna; sister, Carol (Don) Battenberg of Johnson Creek, WI & his little dog Rocky; & numerous members of the Dietrich and Swanson families. He was predeceased by his parents.   A visitation will be held on Friday, January 31rst from 9:00 am to 10:45 am at the  Kishwaukee Church, 8195 Kishwaukee Road, Stillman Valley, IL A memorial service will follow the visitation at 11:00 am with the Rev. Eric Tonjes pastor of the church officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s name can be made to Serenity Hospice and Home, 1658 IL-2, Oregon, IL 61061 or the Ogle County Fair Association, 1440 N. Limekiln Rd, Oregon, IL 61061.  The family would like to thank the staff at Medina Manor (Durand), Serenity Hospice (Oregon), Pastor Eric Tonjes & Kishwaukee Church Congregation for their loving care and support. 

Visitation:

A visitation for Jim will be from 9:00 am to 10:45 am, Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Memorial Service:

A Memorial Service for Jim will be at 11:00 am, Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church

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