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Donald Robert Swinson, 84, of Rockford, died peacefully in his home on March 4, 2017. He was born September 1, 1932, in Durand, IL; the son of Howard and Cecil (Lamb) Swinson. He was raised on Stateline Road farm and later moved to Rockford. He graduated from East High School in 1951, and married his high school sweetheart, Joanne (Burt) Swinson on August 31, 1951. Donald operated Rockview Stone for over fifty years and continued to work until the age of 82. He was well known for his many demolition projects in the local area. Over the years his company pulverized Pierpont Green, Palace Theater, and Old Salvation Army corps building among many other well-known buildings. He was a lifelong member of Court Street United Methodist Church and served on numerous committees over the years. He loved his church family very much.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne; daughters, Jeanne (Devon) Dodson of Rockford, Kelly (Arnold) Saul of Bathgate, ND, and Connie (Gerald) Coon of Rockford; grandchildren, Shelly Dodson, Keith Anderson, Alana Coon and Donald Dodson; great-grandson, Joel Anderson; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brothers, Raymond, Lawrence and Maurice Swinson; and sister, Geraldine Morlock. The family would like to give a very special thank you to nurse, Teresa Fields of Court Street United Methodist Church, Northern Illinois Hospice and Swedish American Health Systems.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017, in Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St. Rockford with Rev. Calvin Culpepper officiating, followed by a private family burial in Arlington Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Court Street United Methodist Church.

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  1. Dale Kallenbach

    Sorry to read this this morning. I got to do some things for him that I would never have thought of doing and he just trusted me to do them well. Whatever else he was he was always kind to me. My condolences to the family.

  2. Jeanette Young

    I am so sorry for your loss. May you lean on Him during this difficult time.

  3. Kay Galloway

    Joanne and your family, I am so sorry to hear about Don, he was a great man and did so much for so many people. Clark sure thought so much of him and always enjoyed talking with him. We worked on many committees together, Jeremiah Development when he moved a garage, trustees and pastor parish. Deepest sympathy to you all.

  4. Lorna Wakefield

    I'm so sorry he's gone - he was a very special part of Court Street, and Larry loved him so much. I remember that Don was the first person to arrive for the visitation for Larry's Dad, coming straight from work. He'll be greatly missed.

  5. Shannon Ferguson

    Connie and family, so sorry for your loss. Take care of yourselves and each other.


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