KASILOF, ALASKA - A burial service will be held at a later date for Ronald Jay Swanson of Kasilof, formerly of Springfield, who died Dec. 25 of cancer. He was 57.
Swanson was born July 7, 1946, in Seattle to John Richard and Flower Ganelle Davis Swanson. He married Jackie Prey Swanson in Anchorage on Nov. 17, 1971.
He moved to Springfield in 1962, residing there until he returned to Alaska four years later. He grew up in Alaska and attended school there and in Pleasant Hill.
He was self-employed, owning and operating his own businesses since he was 20 years old. He owned and operated Ron's Rent-it Center, and Ron's Honda Center & Rapid Car Wash. He was also a land developer and a builder.
He enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, and his hobbies included fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, camping and riding snow machines.
He was a member of the Kasilof Historical Society and the Youth Restoration Corps and the Moose Lodge in Alaska.
Survivors include his wife of Kasilof; his mother of Eugene; three sons, Jared of Kenai, Alaska, and Travis and Justin of Portland; a daughter, Sherri Needham of Montrose, Colo.; a sister, Sonja Ann Letzring of Kasilof; and seven grandchildren. A son, Richard, died on Dec. 5.
The burial service will be held at Spruce Grove Cemetery in Kasilof. Buell Chapel in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.
Erma A. Robertson of Eugene died Dec. 19 of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 84.
Robertson was born March 14, 1919, in Johnson County, Ark., to Irvin and Lina Sparks.
She married Charles Robertson in Reno, Nev., on March 17, 1940.
She lived in San Carlos and Grass Valley, Calif., before settling in Eugene in 1989.
She enjoyed cooking, playing cards and celebrating holidays and birthdays with family.
Survivors include three daughters, Bonnie Jaquet of Redmond, Wash., Janet Robertson of Veneta, and Barbara Robertson of Scappoose; a son, William Robertson of Spokane; two sisters, Ruby Jones of Kansas City, Kansas, and Erba Tull of Tulsa, Okla.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband died in 1988.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
England's Eugene Memorial Chapel is handling arrangements.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Dec 29, 2003|
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