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Elon "Shorty" Swanson

Shorty (Elon) Swanson, son of Earl Ruben & Hazel Agatha (Irwin) Swanson, was born on June 15, 1924 in Palmer, Nebraska. Shorty grew up at Palmer and served his country in the US Army from April 17, 1945 until he was honorably discharged on October 28, 1946. Shorty married Mary Louise Myers on February 3, 1945 in St. Paul, Nebraska. To this union two children were born, Louis and Helen.

For over 20 years, Shorty worked at the state hospital in Woodward as an assistant herdsman. In the mid 1970's Shorty and Mary Lou moved to Mount Ayr where Shorty worked as a custodian at the Mount Ayr Community Schools.

Shorty loved to hunt and fish. His fishing partners included grandchildren and great grandchildren; and friends including Frank Dredge. Shorty loved to play cards and pitch in particular. He was very good at pitching horseshoes and won tournaments. He enjoyed woodworking and he loved his coffee club at Mitchell Drug Store. Shorty was a life-time member of Ringgold Post #172, American Legion, in Mount Ayr.

Shorty passed away at Clearview Home on December 3, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Mary Lou on August 3, 2006; sister Helen Swanson and sister-in-law LaVera Swanson.

Survivors include his two children, Louis (wife Cheryl) Swanson of Jefferson, Iowa and Helen Jean (husband Charles) Long of Mount Ayr, Iowa; 5 grandchildren Eric (Kathy) Long, Scott (Jane) Swanson, Allen (Cheryl) Long, Ret Major Michael (Kelley) Long, and Pamela (Terry) Sullivan; 13 great grandchildren Brandon Long, Kelsea Long, Savannah Long, Blake Long, Amber Sullivan, Brady Long, Shaun Sullivan, Blaine Long, Mallory Swanson, Eric Long , Cody Swanson, Brittany Costello, and Jake Costello; 2 great great grandchildren Elliott Long and Zaydon Gates; 2 brothers Marvin Swanson of St Paul, NE and Carl (Cindy) Swanson of South Carolina; other relatives and friends.

A memorial fund has been established to Ringgold Post #172 American Legion and HCI Care Services in Mount Ayr.

  • Visitation

    December 04, 2014
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    December 04, 2014
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    December 05, 2014
    10:00 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Interment with Full Military Honors

    Oakland Cemetery

    Shannon City, IA


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Guestbook

Shorty I only had the pleasure of knowing and caring for you a few short months and dearly enjoyed every minute of it. You made me smile everyday and laugh out loud any chance you got! I will miss that little wink and quick whit that was so "you". I will always cherish our visits about farming and life in general! But most of all I will cherish my nickname "kiddo". Love ya buddy!
Jolinda Allen LPN

Posted by Jolinda Allen - Grant City, MO - Your nurse   December 05, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Shorty, I had the pleasure of getting to know you and call you a friend. It has been a true honor. You gave me a lot of laughs and smiles. Thank you! I''ll miss you dearly, but I''ll smile every time I think of you. God''s speed.

Posted by Penny Hymbaugh - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   December 04, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

RIP GPA I will miss that special smile and wink you gave me. Love ya, and will miss ya but knowing you are now with Gma and all the loved ones who have gone before you makes my heart warm and happy!

Posted by Cheryl Long - wheatland, IA - granddaughter   December 04, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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