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Oscar W. Swanson, 81, a retired Barker Poultry Equipment Co., Salesman, died today [July 25, 1969] at 5:10 a.m., at Ottumwa Hospital, after being in failing health for several months. He formerly resided at 1335 N. Elm. The son of Erick and Emma Anderson Swanson, he was born in Ottumwa, July 31, 1887. He had been a lifetime resident here. A member of First Lutheran Church, he held 50 year memberships in Masonic Lodge No. 16, A. F. & A. M., the Kaaba Shrine, and Eastern Star Chapter No. 112. He also belonged to Clinton Chapter No. 9, Ottumwa Council No. 31, and Malta Commandery No. 31.
He married Ina Harker July 29, 1913, in Ottumwa. She survives. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Mabel Saul of Ottumwa; and two nieces, Mrs. Dorothy Morgan of McAllen, TX, and Mrs. Patricia Patterson of Ottumwa. Services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church conducted by the Rev. Vendel Olson, Assistant pastor. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery. Masonic services will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Jay Funeral Home.
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman