Obituary: Edward Stuart Swanson, 91, Scottville.

August 16, 2017

Edward Stuart Swanson

Obituary: Edward Stuart Swanson, 91, Scottville.

Edward Stuart Swanson, 91 of Scottville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Oakview Medical Care Facility in Ludington.

He was born on March 26, 1926 in Sherman Township in Mason County; son of the late Hilding and Freda (Beyer) Swanson.

He graduated from Scottville High School.  He then joined the U.S. Army in May of 1946 at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin.  After the war, he came home and decided to become a carpenter.   He worked as an apprentice in Ludington to receive his license to build.

Stuart married Ruth Ann Hollinshed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ludington on June 25, 1949.  They built a home in Hungry Hollow on the south branch of the Lincoln River.

As a carpenter, he built many homes in the Mason County area.  He refinished kitchens, changed windows, and re-did roofs.  If you were in need of any home improvements, Stuart was your man.

Stuart was a lifelong member of the Scottville Optimist Club.  He volunteered at the Optimist Hall on bingo nights for many years.  He loved to fish, hunt and golf.  He hunted out West and enjoyed Canada with his son Dale.  He enjoyed golfing with his son David. He and his wife Ruth were avid softball fans.  They enjoyed watching their boys play ball.  Together they were charter members of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Amber Township.  They had a favorite spot to mushroom hunt together.  He enjoyed cutting wood with his daughter Rhonda and always looked forward to her home cooked meals.  Many friends looked forward to a ride in Stuart’s plane.  He flew an Aeronca Chief plane and landed it on his own air strip in the back yard.  

After flying for 35 years he gave it up and went to enjoy a good game of cards; poker and especially setback, with his friends, were his favorite card games.  

Stuart is survived by his children: Rhonda Nettles, David (Calista) Swanson, and Dale (Debbie) Swanson; also, a very special girl to his heart, Beth Ann Pobojewski; grandchildren: Ginnie (Mike) Gould, Jaime (Beth) Swanson, Tyler (Toni) Swanson, Kaitlyn (Ryan) Sanocki, Julia Swanson, Amanda Swanson, and Amy (Vince) Simonte; great grandchildren: Kylee Buchen, Colton, Chandler and Chase Simonte, Peyton and Alexander Swanson and Mason Sanocki; numerous loving nieces and nephews, as well as his special friend, Pat Arnounts, who has been a blessing to all.

He was preceded in death by parents; his loving wife Ruth, of 55 years; sister: Helen Roeder; brother: Carl Swanson, and niece: Sharon Evans; nephew: Jim Evans.

A funeral service will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Scottville.  The family will receive relative and friends for a visitation one hour prior to the service at noon.  A graveside service with military honors will take place directly following the service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Stuart’s family; to then be dispersed to numerous charities of their choice.  

To share a photo or memory with Stuart’s family and friends, please visit his Book of Memories Page at,

The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center.


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