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“My Dad always said that there are many evils in the world that we live in today, but that doesn't mean you need to take part in that evil. If you see...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Keith Swanson - DeKalb, IL - Son

“My thoughts and prayers go out Keith's family. He was one heck of a guy. Fist bump to you Keith. ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Danielle Smith - Prophetstown, IL

“I've only known Keith a few years This past couple of years I've gotten to know Keith when helping family. We were planning to have cook outs this...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Bradley Popejoy SR - Sterling, IL

“Keith was a great man to know. He loved his dog Teddy and family gatherings. He was very helpful and always lend a hand when someone was in need....Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: ELIZABETH FOOSE - DIXON, IL

“I am so sorry for the loss of this good man. He was always a pleasure to talk and work with. He will be greatly missed. Fist bump to you Keith! ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Todd Frank - Rock Falls, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Duane Hruska - Brooklyn Center, MN

“Sorry for your loss, my condolences to the family and friends of Keith may you find great comfort in God's promise found in John 6:40 ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Trisha - OR - Friend


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Keith W. Swanson, Sr., 61, of Sterling, died on Friday, February 1, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

He was born on July 3, 1957 in Sterling to Dean and Gwennyth (Bradford) Swanson. He married Debbie Wade on April 18, 1983.

Keith worked for USA Meak for 15 years in the preparation and shipping department. He was a Minnesota Vikings fan and enjoyed traveling and motorcycles. He loved spending time with his family especially his children and grandchildren. Keith loved his canine companion Teddy. He was a very compassionate and outgoing man who loved to help others.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Debbie of Sterling; two sons, Shannon Kessler of Sterling and Keith Swanson, Jr. (Erica Brown) of De Kalb; two grandchildren, Brenden and Uriyah Kessler; sisters, Sharon (Wally) Waldron of Sterling, Chris (Richard) Devers of Rock Falls, Deanna (Doug) Christensen of Rock Falls, and Laura (Duane) Hruska of Minnesota; brothers, Les (Cindy) Swanson of Davenport, Iowa, Mike (Marlene) Swanson off Sterling, James Swanson of Janesville, Wisconsin, David Swanson of Rockford and Rudy (Jennifer) Swanson of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be on Wednesday from 5-7 PM at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. There will be no service. A memorial has been established in his memory.