Robert "Bob" Swanson, 94, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Rochester.

Bob grew up on a farm in Shellsburg, Iowa, and married Lorna Fiebelkorn on Feb. 11, 1945. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He worked at FMC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for 30 years before taking early retirement and starting a new career in pottery making.

Bob's interests were many and varied and he never stopped learning. He will be remembered fondly as a storyteller extraordinaire. He loved his family very much and spent many happy hours playing games and entertaining family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mabel and Carl Swanson; his wife, Lorna; and a great-grandson, Brecken Poppe.

Bob is survived by daughters, Retha (Richard) Finger and Pat (Ryland) Eichhorst; granddaughters, Patty (Tom) Whalen, Nicole Swanson, Jana (Gregg) Poppe, Traci (Samuel) Holloway, and Sarah Finger; great-grandchildren, Logan Holloway, Laura Holloway, Carter Swanson, Izzie Swanson, and Brody Poppe; and his special friend, Belva Bullard.

The memorial service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mahn Family Funeral Home - Rochester Chapel, and one hour before the service Thursday at the church. Friends may share a memory at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com.