Funeral Details

David Edwin Swanson

September 14, 1943 - April 14, 2024



Midtown Funeral Home
3918 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, Illinois 60618
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Visitation Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 3pm to 8pm


Midtown Funeral Home
3918 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, Illinois 60618
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Friday, April 19, 2024 at 12 Noon

Interment - Private

Memorial Contributions

Anti Cruelty Society
510 North LaSalle Street
Chicago Illinois 60654


David 'Dave' Swanson, age 80, passed away on Sunday, April 14th, 2024 in his family home located in Chicago, Illinois. David was born on September 14th, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois.

He was a private contractor, specializing in home improvement and remodeling for a large majority of his life. Dave to those who knew him- was known as a kind, and good-hearted man with a great sense of humor.

Dave was also known for being an animal lover, having cared for several of his most cherished pets as well as being a most ardent bird watcher.

Dave was also known by several for his natural, wide-ranging array of artistic talents, being an avid gardener, home cook, and artist. He also dabbled with the musical arts, having a strong passion for good music and karaoke.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Harriet, his eldest son Patrick and his wife Rosy, his youngest son Kenneth and his wife Tammie, and his two grandchildren Kyle and Kathleen. David is also survived by his elder sister Barbara. David was preceded in death by his siblings Marilyn, Joanne, Shirley, Bill, and Buck. He is also preceded by his parents, William and Mildred (née Wilke).

Visitation Thursday, April 19,2024 from 3:00pm until 8:00pm at Midtown Funeral Home and Cremation Options, 3918 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. Funeral Service Friday, April 20,2024 12noon at the chapel. Interment private. Arrangements by Midtown Funeral Home and Cremation Options, 773.654.3744,


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I have known Dave for over 35 years. He started out as my handy man and became my friend. Jim and Dave used to talk about the Cubs, Bears, politics and food for hours. We saw him a few times a week, usually starting on Mondays. Our dog Marlowe would get zoomies when the phone rang and we said the words "we will put the kettle on." Marlowe knew his Uncle Dave was coming and welcomed him with tail wags and kisses. We reserved a special cup for his green tea. We laughed at his jokes.
Dave was always the one who could figure out any problem. He installed our copper spider on the roof of our house, then removed it and reinstalled it when we moved. He was always there when we needed him. Every room in our house has some project he did for us. He built me his famous raised planters a few months ago. I also have a spider birdhouse in our yard that Dave gave us two years ago. I loved helping him with projects and he always told Jim I was a great assistant. I am very proud of that.
Dave helped our friends and family with projects- he just finished one for our neighbor a week ago. We saw him last Thursday and expected his call this Monday. We got another call instead.
We send our heartfelt condolences to Dave's family. He talked about them every time he visited.
Our hearts are irrevocably broken by the loss of our friend. Rest in peace Dave. We love you and will miss you terribly.
Pat, Jim and Marlowe

Pat O\'Brien and Jim Wirkus
April 16, 2024
I will miss Uncle Dave and all the memories from the past I remember as a kid swimming at his house and the trains going by while in the pool, then afterwards we went to the basement to play Uncle Dave's electronic games , especially the sawdust bowling game. Thanks for being a great brother to my mom and looking after her all the years, we all will miss you much God bless your nephew Mike (Grazian)

Mike Grazian
April 16, 2024
May you rest in peace Uncle Dave and may God grant comfort to the family 🙏🏼

Vito Zenzola
April 17, 2024
Our deepest condolences to Dave's family. We met Dave a little more than 5 years ago when he renovated our home to make it handicap accessible. He became a dear friend. We shared recipes, gardening tips, and fishing stories (real ones). Loved to hear Dave talk about fishing at Montrose Harbor as a boy and bringing home perch for dinner. He was a fantastic gardener and an artist to boot. Our yard now contains raised vegetable beds, beautiful flowers, and stunning birdhouses thanks to Dave. He was one of the kindest and most interesting persons we have ever met.

Thank you, Dave. We miss you and we will never forget you.

Irene, Marianne & Maggie

Marianne Dreger
April 18, 2024