HURON ó John J. Swanda Jr., 71, of Huron, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at home.
His funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish with burial in St. Martin Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Welter Funeral Home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. and a scripture service at 6:30 p.m. or one hour prior to the service.
John James Swanda Jr. was born to John Sr. and Mary (Shanahan) Swanda Jan. 19, 1941, at Burke. He grew up in the Bonesteel/Fairfax area where he graduated from Bonesteel High School in 1959. He graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1963 with a bachelorís degree in civil engineering.
He worked in Beresford as a construction engineer for the Soil Conservation Service. He moved to Sioux Falls in 1966 and worked in the same capacity. He moved to Huron in April 1976 and continued his work as a construction engineer for the Soil Conservation Service for several years until becoming a hydraulic engineer. In 1994 the Soil Conservation Service changed itís name to Natural Resources Conservation Services. He finished his career in 2006 as an information technology systems manager in charge of all of the NRCS offices for the state of South Dakota.
He married Karen Tschetter Feb. 15, 1975, at Fairfax. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, Elks Lodge, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed gardening, camping, hiking, traveling and computers. He was also the accordion player in his familyís polka/waltz band, whose membership included his father and brothers.
He is survived by his wife; three children, Angela (Matt) Hunter of Castlewood, Melissa (Kane) Radel of Sanborn, Minn., and Brian (friend Shannon Beekman) of Huron; his mother of Bonesteel; four grandchildren; four brothers, Larry (Carolyn) of Granger, Iowa, Marvin (Margaret) of Eagle, Neb., Dan (Karen) of Yankton and Ken (Marcy) of Omaha, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father; and a brother, Gerald.
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