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Neil Clifford Swanson

March 19, 1953 - October 13, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Neil Clifford Swanson

Neil Clifford Swanson

Born: March 19, 1953
Died: October 13, 2020
Age: 67

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   Neil Swanson, 67, passed away quietly at home after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s on October 13, 2020, with his loving wife Starla, daughter Kyle, brother Glenn, and Darlene by his side. Neil was born March 19, 1953 in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. He spent his early years in Northern Minnesota, until his family moved to Minneapolis. Neil, notably, spent two years in the Air Force and was Honorably Discharged in 1973.  In 2018, Neil and Starla moved to Spencer where he spent the remainder of his days.

     Neil was a family man through and through. The love Neil had for his family was deep and true.  Neil spent the last 38 years with the love of his life, Starla. You could see the adoration he had for Starla any time you were around them. He was also a man of faith, who passed that faith to his children Kyle Ann and Nathan. His love of travel took him on many adventures from Hawaii to Philadelphia to the Caribbean. He enjoyed bike riding, square dancing, geo-caching with family, playing and coaching softball.  Neil was never without a joke, a quick witty statement, or finding a way to get a good laugh from everyone around him. The twinkle he had in his eyes is one you would never forget.

     Left to cherish his memory, his wife Starla of Spencer, Iowa. Daughter Kyle Ann (Scott) Heppenstall of Port Orchard, WA. Son, Nathan (Sarah) Swanson of Philadelphia, PA.  Siblings, Les, Glenn (Darlene), Tim, and Julie (Rick) Baum. His Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, nephews and nieces, as well as many extended family members.

     Neil is preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Myrtle Swanson, and his sister Suzanne.

     In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for a Memorial Fund in Neil’s name.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 P.M., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for a Memorial Fund in Neil's name.

In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic, digital options for Saturday's Observances:

1:00 pm Funeral Service: Watch Live on First Baptist Church Spencer Iowa Facebook Page.  The video will be available on their Facebook page through the week.  Facebook link:

:45pm Digital Reception: Nathan Swanson will be hosting a digital reception over Google Meet that will be linked to the in-person reception.  The meeting will be recorded so there is opportunity for participants to record messages for the family.
Google Meet Link:
Dial-in: 631-621-7772 PIN: 309 902 441
Rev. Curt Batschelet
Congregational Hymns
"Amazing Grace"
"Blessed Be Your Name"

"The Blessing"

Organist, Brenda Sassman


Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:05 AM
“Starla, I’m sorry to hear about Neil. You were such a wonderful patient wife to him and took such good care of him always. He is now with Jesus walking around in heaven above. We’ve missed you and your beautiful sparkling presence at Pickellball. Hope you can come play and fellowship with us again sometime soon. My thoughts and prayers are with you Dianna ”
- Diana Pickleball ymca
Monday, October 19, 2020 at 8:05 AM
“So sorry for your loss - we had so much fun with square dancing. Find comfort in knowing that you will meet again and continue your dancing.”
- Barb and Curt Tonsager
Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 11:26 AM
“Thank you for the faith filled video tribute to Neil. Know that you'll be reunited with him in the future. Death is not the end but only an interruption.”
- Guy and Beth Trudeau
Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 9:58 AM
“Dear Starla, So sorry to hear about Neil. What a blessing you could be with him during this terrible disease. It is not an easy task being the caretaker. May you find peace knowing he is in a better place and whole again. May you get some much needed rest. We have sure missed you and your exuberant energy at square dancing! May God bless you as you start a new chapter in your journey without your soul mate. Hugs and Prayers!! ”
- Monica & Don Keyes
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3:08 PM
“Starla, we just found out today about Neil's passing. We are so sorry to hear about it and yet are glad that Neil's suffering is finally over. We will never forget the fun times we had at various square dancing events. We loved dancing with you guys in a square and always looked forward to it. May God bless you in the coming days.”
- Ben & Micky Formanack
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 10:53 AM
“Sally and I were so sorry to hear of Neil's passing. Anytime the two of you arrived at a square dance, we knew that the excitement level in the hall would go up a notch. We miss you, and pray that God will comfort you during this time.”
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 10:52 AM
“We were so blessed to be with Neil at his passing and to be able to spend the week getting ready for the funeral. Even though Neil is no longer here with us he is forever in our hearts”
- Glenn and Darlene Swanson
Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 8:15 AM
“Starla & family, please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. ”
- Shirley & Fred Sorensen
Friday, October 16, 2020 at 3:05 PM
“ We had some good times square dancing. Didn't know he was that bad. You have our deepest sympathy. Please take care, Bev Anderson and John Gerold”
- Bev Anderson
Friday, October 16, 2020 at 3:05 PM
“Sorry for your loss Starla. We loved dancing with you and Neil. You two always had a great spark for every square. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.”
- Mike and Sandy Driscoll
Friday, October 16, 2020 at 3:05 PM
“So sorry to hear about Neil. We have had lots of great times with both of you. Bible study, Sunday school class but best of all was the fun we had learning square dancing and all the dances we went together to. Sisters. Neil always had us laughing and having a great time. So glad you were able to take care of him through this time of his life. His Love for you Starla was obvious! Praying for you through this hard time of life. ”
- Wayne and Donna Lystrom
Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:38 AM
“Sorry for your loss Starla. May God comfort you during this hard time. Thinking & sending prayers to you the family.”
- Mai Xiong- ER
Friday, October 16, 2020 at 8:31 AM
“Praying for your family during this tough time. Neil was such a faithful servant and heaven is now his home. Hang on to the memories that make you smile and know that others are praying for you in this time of mourning.”
- Dawn
Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1:58 PM
“Starla, the love you have for Neal and the love he had for you was evident from the time I first met the two of you. Eventhough the last few years may have been challenging it was a gift of true devotion. Your special relationship continues but in a different form. I will always remember Neal’s playful nature, his warm smile and his love of music. Hugs to you, my friend! Gayle DeLoss”
- Gayle DeLoss
Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11:24 AM
“Thinking of you and your family in your time of grief. Even though Neil was a believer, it doesn't lessen our loss of one who was so loved. I pray God will draw close to you in the next couple of days and weeks.”
- Alice J Skelton
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 6:07 PM
“Starla and Family, we are praying for you during this bitter sweet time: Neil's blessed homegoing, and our earthly release of him. God is near.
- Susan & Susan Christensen”
- Susan Christensen
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:34 PM
“Praying for peace and comfort as you prepare to celebrate Neil's life on earth and his heavenly homecoming. Neil brought great joy to our group his smile was priceless, his one line quick wit answers were the best and we feel blessed to have him as a friend. May you feel God's love and grace today and in the days ahead.”
- Respite Angels
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