Don was born on June 16, 1922 and went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 18, 2013, at the age of 91. He had been a resident of the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community since June 22, 2011. Don was born to Frederick Brundage and Hattie Clarinda (Knutson) Swinton in their home in Hampton Village, Minnesota, the fifth of their fourteen children. At an early age he moved with his parents and older siblings to a farm north of Nashua, Iowa. He attended the nearby one room country school, as did all of his brothers and sisters, and graduated from Nashua High School in 1939. He continued to help on the farm as well as occasional work for other area farmers. In October of 1944, during World War II, he enlisted in the US Navy. From basic training in Farragut, Idaho, he was stationed at the US Naval Hospital in San Diego, California as a Hospital Apprentice First Class. As a nurse he helped care for sick and injured Navy service men. After his discharge in May 1946, he returned to Nashua and worked at various farm related jobs. On August 9, 1947, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Anne (Hobert) Bennett at the Little Brown Church with Pastor J.H. Cochrane of the First Baptist Church in Charles City officiating. Two sons were born to this union Michael Hobert and Mark Douglas and Dorothy had one son Clair Edward Bennett whose father died in Germany in the war. In November 1947, Don started his employment at Carnation Milk Co. (Nestle's) retiring in June of 1984. During those years he also had second jobs at Dales DX and also helped his brother-in-law with some of the construction of the Methodist church. After retiring from Carnation he had a summer job with Ramker Construction as ground keeper in Willow Lawn addition and around the office buildings. Due to health issues he retired from that in the fall of 2008 at the age of 86. Besides working he enjoyed many years of fishing in Lakes near Gordon, Wisconsin with family and friends; goose and duck hunting in Saskatchewan, Canada, trout fishing in N.E. Iowa. In the winter, Don and Dorothy spent time in Hemet, California to be near their sons and families. One of his most memorable experiences was going on RAGBRAI, which he did ten times, the last one at age 77.
Donald was a member of the AMVETS Post 0079 of Waverly. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Waverly.
Donald is survived by his wife, Dorothy of 66 years of Waverly, Iowa; a son, Mark D. (Chevin)Swinton and their children Anthony, Austin, Ashley and Adyn of Waverly, Iowa; stepson, Clair Edward (Lianne Konarske) Bennett of Whittier, California and their children, Dr. Erin Bennett DVM of Westlake Village, California and Christopher Bennett of Whittier, California; a daughter-in-law, Jan L. Swinton-Suter of Fallbrook, California and her children with Michael, Stephanie L. of New York City, Andrew B. of Long Beach, California and Jason M. of Denver, Colorado; three sisters, Doris White of Emmetsburg, Helen Ascher of Clarksville; and Lois Brodt of Waverly, Iowa; two brothers, Maurice (Alice) Swinton of Dixson, Illinois; Roger (Marlys) Swinton of Shell Rock; two sisters-in-law, Donna Swinton of Waverly, Bernice Swinton of Waterloo, and a brother-in-law, Ronald Albaugh of Springfield, Missouri and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Hattie Swinton; five brothers, three sisters and their spouses and two brothers-in-law, Willard (Bill) and Lois, Dale and Mary, Herbert aand Dolores, Vernon, Harold, Mildred, and Reyn Schultz, Wilma and Earl Brand, Alfreeda Albaugh, Harley Ascher, and Clare White, his father and mother in law, Lester J and Lulu Z. (Peiffer) Hobert, a son, Michael Hobert Swinton in 2001, brother-in-law and wife, Wendell (Bob) and Phyllis F. Hobert, sister-in-law, Phyllis M. Hobert.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Waverly with Pastor Brian Wilkins officiating. Burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery in Charles City. Military Rites at the grave will be conducted by the Charles City Ceremonial Unit. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Memorials may be directed to the family or to Cedar Valley Hospice, Waverly. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
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