Farrell (Bill) Wayne Swanson
July 09 1936 - November 08 2016 - Age 80

Farrell Wayne Swanson “Bill”, beloved father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend went to be with his Savior on November 8, 2016 at the age of 80. He leaves behind two sons, Fred and Eugene (Samantha). Grandchildren, Lexi and Nick. Siblings, Viola Thorsen, Delores Dietzler (Dick), and Weldon Swanson (Shirley). He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews both locally and in Wisconsin, 2 Grandchildren and 2 great Grandchildren. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years Darleen Swanson in 2012.

Born in 1936, oldest son of Eugene and Clara Swanson on the family farm in Aniwa, Wisconsin. It was here that he learned good work ethics that followed him all his life. He was drafted into the army in 1959, was stationed at Fort Lewis and was discharged in 1962. He met his bride to be Darleen while he was in the army. He and Darleen married on April 21, 1962, the same year as the Seattle World’s Fair.

Bill drove a cement truck for Holroyd for 26 years and ended his truck driving career with Stoneway Concrete. He retired with 30 plus years as a teamster.

Bill loved baseball his whole life. He became a really good player growing up in Wisconsin. He could hit with power from both sides of the plate but he preferred left handed. He was known for his amazing bat in all his years of softball playing. He coached little league teams for many years and received the Grant Eckman Award for outstanding coaching. He played softball for many years for Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church and Darleen was scorekeeper. You could hear her cheering him on with all of her pet names for him. Go Billydo, Sugarbabe, Slewfoot, BlueEyes.

Bill was an avid fisherman and hunter. He shared these experiences with his sons and friends and most recently his grandson Nick. Bill commercial fished for salmon for several years, making weekend trips to Neah Bay, Sekiu, and LaPush.

All who knew Bill loved his sense of humor, quick wit and love of practical jokes.

Bill was a member and attended Tacoma Bible Presbyterian Church for over 50 years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial to celebrate Bill’s life will be held on Friday November 18, 2016 in the Valley Chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home.

Tacoma, WA (current)
Aniwa, WI (birthplace)

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