Gene Swain

Gene Williams Swain of Caledonia, Minn., age 75, died peacefully of Alzheimer’s disease on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare Center in Spring Grove, Minn.

Gene was born on June 28, 1936 in La Crosse, Wis. to Ernest and Gladys (Williams) Swain of Peterson, Minn.  He grew up in Peterson, the oldest of four children.  He graduated from Peterson High School in 1954, attended Luther College for one year, transferred to the University of Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1963 he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. On July 4, 1961, Gene married Christine Read in Georgetown, S.C. He worked many years in the engineering field moving him to Cincinnati, Bettendorf, Iowa, Minneapolis, Minn. and finally settling in Caledonia with his family in 1975. Gene was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and enjoyed music, singing, dancing, laughing, and visiting with old friends in Peterson. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and he loved family gatherings.

Survivors include his wife, Christine of Caledonia; daughters Caroline Thimmesch (Joel Von Haden, fiancé), Caledonia and Anne Swain (Mark Tinucci), White Bear Lake, Minn., son Gene Jr. (Will) (Amy) Swain, Waseca, Minn.; two sisters, Joan (Bob) Terrill, Thousand Oaks, Calif. and Ione (Lee) Loerch, Peterson, and grandchildren Jack, Elizabeth, Claire, Madeline, and Lola.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Colin Swain.

The funeral will be Friday, March 16 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Caledonia. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran West Cemetery in Peterson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice.

Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Caledonia, Minn., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at