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Robert Ray Swanson

May 8, 1934 — July 10, 2016

Robert Ray “Bob” Swanson, 82, of Idaho Falls passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter, Rosie Peterslie, on July 10, 2016 surrounded by his loved ones.

Bob was born on May 8, 1934 to David and Virginia Slater Swanson.

He grew up at the base of Taylor Mountain and attended Washington School.

In 1952 he graduated in the first graduating class of the “new” Idaho Falls High School.

On February 28, 1969 he married his soulmate Sheila Carvalho Olsen and her four beautiful children: Shannon Olsen, Shawn Olsen, Sheldon Olsen, and Jackie Wolfe (Tim).

In September of 1969 they welcomed a beautiful baby girl Rosemarie Swanson into their loving family.

On July 7, 1976 Bob lost his loving wife unexpectedly.

Bob worked on the family farm, at various potato warehouses, as a saddle maker, at the Post Register, on The Sheridan Ranch in Island Park, and on The Day Ranch in Bone.

Bob enjoyed the cowboy way of life out in the wide open spaces, exploring his artistic side by building and painting many beautiful creations.

He loved all of these things, but most of all he loved his family, who meant the world to him.

Bob is survived by one brother, Dale Swanson, two sisters, Patricia “Pat” Vest and Joyce Hill, one son, Sheldon Olsen, two daughters, Jackie Wolfe and Rosie Peterslie, 17 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

He was preceded in death his parents, two brothers, Donald Swanson and LeRoy Swanson, his lifelong love, Sheila Swanson, and two sons, Shannon Olsen and Shawn Olsen.

Memorial services will be held 12:00 P.M. Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Watersprings Chapel, 4250 S 25


E in Idaho Falls. The family will meet with friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. Military graveside service will follow at 2:30 P.M. by the David B. Bleak Post #93 of Shelley and the Idaho Honor Guard in the Rosehill Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley.

Any flowers or donations (for the luncheon) may be sent to the Watersprings Chapel.

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