Curtis R. “Swanny” Swanson, 71, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday March 26, 2020, with
his wife, Dee, at his side. Cremation has been accorded. A memorial service will be held later
this summer with inurnment and military honors in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be
directed to the Curtis Swanson Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several charities which
were special to Curt.
Curt was born on February 10, 1949, in Geneseo, the son of Clarence “Red” and Ruby
(Benoodt) Swanson. He was a 1967 graduate of Geneseo High School. He proudly served our
country in the U.S. Army as a sergeant, serving in Germany. Curt was united in marriage to
Denise “Dee” Stenzel on December 14, 1985 in Geneseo. He was employed at J.F. Edwards
Electrical Construction Division for 13 years. He later worked for the Illinois Department of
Transportation in the Knox County Division. Curt was a lifetime member of the Don Cherry
VFW post, enjoyed fishing, was an avid NASCAR racing fan and truly loved his Lab dogs. His
wit, humor, and his gift to make us smile and laugh will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Dee; daughters, Curstine Swanson, Melan (Percy Kilcrease),
Louisiana, and Melissa (Brett) Swanson, Moline; grandson, Tyler Melan, Louisiana; sisters,
Judy (Michael) Schachter, Wisconsin, and Janelle (Bill) Patterson, Maryland; mother-in-law,
Carolyn Stenzel, Geneseo; many wonderful nieces, nephews and cousins; his New Windsor
Sportsman’s Club (NWSC) families, and special little buddies, Nolan, Sidney, Morgan, and
Curt was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Brock Swanson, and father-in-law, Ron