Robert "Bob" Swanson Davenport Died on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
1 - 6 p.m. Sunday, November 20th, 2011 Weerts Funeral Home
10:00 a.m. Monday, November 21st, 2011 First Christian Church 510 E. 15th Street Davenport, Iowa
Cemetery: Davenport Memorial Park
Funeral Services for Robert Glenn "Bob" Swanson, 80, a resident of Davenport, will be conducted at First Christian Church, 510 E. 15th St, Davenport, on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be at Weerts Funeral Home, 3625 Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, on Sunday, November 20, 2011 from 1 - 6 p.m. Interment will be at Davenport Memorial Park, with military honors provided by the American Legion Post # 26.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Davenport American Legion Post # 26, First Christian Church, or the Patriot Guard Riders of the Quad Cities.
Bob passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday November 16, 2011.
He was born in 1931 in Davenport to parents Christopher Andrew and Edna Swanson, the youngest of 9. At his mother's passing at the age of 5, "Bobby" as he was affectionately known, was taken in by oldest brother Ivyl (Phyllis) to be raised with "brothers and sisters" Wayne, Muriel, Diane and Mark . While employed by the City of Davenport's Public Works Department from the age of 15, he graduated from Davenport High School in 1949. During this same period, Robert was a member of Davenport Chapter Order of DeMolay, and received the Order of Chevalier and later in life the Legion of Honor for his works in DeMolay.
Robert entered the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1948, and began 4 years of active duty in 1950 serving his enlistment at NAS Pensacola, Fl. During this time he met and married his bride of 55 years, Barbara Ann (Beaird). Upon completion of active duty, he returned to Davenport and worked as a tool and die maker at Uchdorf's and ALCOA before being hired as a Police Officer for the City of Davenport in 1956. During his career, he served alongside brothers Ivyl, Chris and son Eric (Davenport PD) and brother Walter (Bettendorf PD). In 1972, at the direction of then Davenport Mayor Kathy Kirschbaum and Bettendorf Mayor Bill Glynn, the brothers formed the Organized Crime Unit and took a major bite out of illegal drug, gambling, and gun trafficking in the Quad Cities. He later rose to the rank of Major and was Adjutant to the Chief before retiring in 1987. In 1989, Robert returned to duty as Police Chief for the City of LeClaire, a position he held through 1991.
Robert remained highly involved in the community as a member of several boards and organizations. First Christian Church, Davenport, Rock Island County Council on Addictions (Chairman and Board Member), The Friendly House (Board Member), Major Bob Swanson "Swing for Youth" Charity Golf Tournament, Quad City Council of Police Chiefs, Iowa Association of Chiefs of Police and Peace Officers (Life Member), Iowa State Police Association, and Retired Police Officers Assoc. (serving as president for 7 years), Police Chief's Association, American Legion Post 26 (serving on the Honor Guard, as "Bingo Master" and as Post Adjutant for 17 years), Bettendorf Chapter Order of DeMolay (youth advisor), Masonic Fraternal Lodge #221 A.F.&A.M., and many others.
Robert is survived by son Eric (Liz) Swanson & daughter Dawn (Rolla) Dunkin, "brothers & sisters" Muriel, Diane and Mark, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and brother-in-law Kenneth R. (Sally) Beaird.
Robert was preceded in death by wife Barbara Ann, parents Christopher and Edna, brothers Ivyl, Chris, Walter, Louis and "brother" Wayne and sisters Louise, Marilyn, Edna and Adelaide.
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