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Francis Albert Swee

April 27, 1922 March 6, 2019
Francis Albert Swee
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Obituary for Francis Albert Swee

Francis (Fran) Albert Swee, age 96, passed away on March 6, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Paul Reiger officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault. Military rites will be given by the Rice County Veterans Association.

Visitation will be at Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 4 – 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

He was born April 27, 1922, in Wells Township (Faribault) Minn., to Albert and Ida (King) Swee. He was the second child of six and lived on a farm with his family. At the age of eight, his mother passed away and he and his five siblings were adopted by his grandparents, Frederick and Rosalie (Doneux) King. When his grandmother Rosalie passed away in 1932, his aunt Evelyn King moved in to help with the children. The determination of the King family to keep the children together created a special bond between the siblings that never ebbed.

Fran attended Sacred Heart School through eighth grade and then moved on to Faribault High School where he graduated in 1940. He met and fell in love with the kind and good-natured Viola Schulz in high school. Fran entered the military in 1942 and completed his air force training as a tail gunner. On May 31, 1944, Viola met him in Casper, Wyom., so they could be married before he was deployed to England as part of the 392 bomber group. He was stationed at Wendling Air Force base in England and completed a full tour of bombing missions over Germany. He learned of VE day while traveling back to the United States.

After his service during World War II, Fran came back to Faribault where he worked for Wilson Meat Packing. He spent the majority of his career proudly working at the Faribo Woolen Mill and gave the company 32 years of dedicated service. After he retired, he was a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels and the Wilson Center. He gave countless volunteer hours to the Faribault Police Reserve and Trinity Lutheran Church. The last year of his life he lived at the Minneapolis Veterans Home.

Fran’s greatest passion was spending time with his family and he leaves them a lifetime of memories and an enormous legacy of love. A love of sweets, puzzles, Gopher basketball, chocolate malts and newspapers. A love of golfing, fishing, bowling, swimming, making homemade caramels and playing cards. He was an example of how to use your strength, kindness and boundless energy to serve your country and community. An example of what it means to show up for your family time after time, no questions asked. To love them, sometimes softly, but always unconditionally.

He leaves behind a daughter Shirley Seutter; son and daughter-in-law Daryl and Judy Swee; his grandchildren and their spouses Angie Seutter & Cody Kotnik, Derek & Angela Seutter, Abraham Swee, Kayla and AJ Gengler; great-grandchildren Greta, Ingrid, Owen and Isaac; sister Doris Townsend; brother-in-law Elmer Schulz. A faithful man, he is now reunited in heaven with his beloved wife Viola; his brothers Richard, Fritz (Frederick), Ray and Jimmy Swee; his parents and grandparents.

Memorial gifts preferred to Minnesota Veterans Home - Minneapolis or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Previous Events





4:00 PM 3/13/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/13/2019 7:00:00 PM
Boldt Funeral Home

300 Prairie Avenue
Faribault, MN 55021

Boldt Funeral Home
300 Prairie Avenue Faribault 55021 MN
United States





11:00 AM 3/14/2019 11:00:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church

530 4th Street N.W.
Faribault, MN 55021

Trinity Lutheran Church
530 4th Street N.W. Faribault 55021 MN
United States

Cemetery Details


Meadow Ridge Memorial Park Final Resting Place

1435 S. Willow
Faribault, MN 55021

1435 S. Willow Faribault 55021 MN
United States

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