Donald L. Swenor

Donald Swenor

SKANDIA, MI – Donald L. Swenor, age 75, of Skandia, entered eternal life Thursday evening, August 9, 2018, at his home.

Born April 25, 1943, in Marquette, a son of Alphonse Charles and Mary L. (Stephen) Swenor, Don was raised in Marquette’s Trowbridge Park and attended Bishop Baraga High School. Following his first marriage, Don and Dorothy made their home on Rock Street and raised four children. In his second marriage to Julie, they resided in Palmer and had two boys. Don greatly enjoyed coaching all three of his sons in hockey and, in his later years, he still enjoyed watching his son, Keith, and grandson, Mason, play hockey, and enjoyed watching his grandchildren, Dakota, Marissa, and Kyra grow during his last few years. He always had a passion for softball and spent many summers playing softball at the Tourist Park on the Park Tavern team. Throughout his working career, his employments brought him to several states and various jobs. Locally, he was employed as a roofer with Pellow Roofing and also as a carpenter. From 1975 until 1985, Don was employed with Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company at the Empire Mine as an assistant plant operator, retiring due to ill health. Don was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, hunting, and spending time at the family camp at Charley Lakes. He loved trips to the casino with his wife, Pauline, and enjoyed a good cup of coffee with his family and friends. A devoted Detroit sports fan, Don enjoyed following and cheering for the Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings. Don was a member of the Sons of the American Legion through Little Lake American Legion Post 349.

Don will truly be missed by many, especially his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Pauline (nee Black) Swenor of Skandia; his children, Sheri (James) Richard of Marquette, Tina (Robert) Windsor of Eldred, PA, Linda (Henry) Brunton of Eaton Rapids, MI, and Keith (Crystal) Swenor of Gwinn; a step-son, Don Black of Gwinn; his grandchildren, Dawn, Bobby (Rachel), and Leonard (Crystal) Windsor, David (Lisa) Fine, Kawaunee (Tony) Hofer, Jason (Christine) Snyder, Kimberly (Robert) Haglund, Johnathon (Arika) Brunton, Jesse Simon, Mason and Marissa Swenor, Dakota Aho, and Kyra Black; great-grandchildren, Charles, Caliana, Ciara, Camaryn, Emily, Melony, Brentlee, Morgan, Joseph, Hailey, Aerith, Ayden, Abbie, Jade, Carson, Zoey, and Jaxson; a sister-in-law, Lois Swenor of Beloit, WI; his aunt, Lorraine (the late Clyde) Slater of Marquette; former wives, Dorothy Tullila of Negaunee and Julie Anderson of Palmer; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by two sons, Leonard Donald “Lenny” Swenor and Neil Swenor; his sister, Phyllis (the late Art) Faust; and his brother, Alphonse Charles Swenor, Jr.

Graveside services will be held at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Tuesday, August 14, at 2:30 pm with Rev. Leon Jarvis presiding. A reception will follow in the reception room located at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home, 926 N. Third Street, Marquette.

Condolences may be expressed online at