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Robert E. Swedberg August 1, 1942 - January 18, 2024

Robert E. Swedberg, “Bob,” was born in Milbank, SD on August 1, 1942 and died in Modesto, CA
on January 18, 2024.

Bob is survived by his wife, Lise, and their sons, Bobby Swedberg and his wife, Amanda, and step-son, Mason Landeros; and Ricky Swedberg and his partner, Juliet Schell, and their son, Theo Swedberg; his former daughter-in-law, Susan Swedberg, and her and Ricky’s daughter, Acacia Swedberg; his daughter, Kimberly Mathew, and her sons, Ryan Mathew, Craig Mathew, and Channing Mathew, and her grandson, Archer Mathew; his daughter, Stacey Lake, and her sons, Erik Lindenau, and Nicholas Lindenau; his daughter, Tiffany Mielke, her husband, Doug, and their children, Emma Schweiger, and Jake Mielke; plus his two sisters, Karen Yost and Bonnie Stasiuk.

Bob grew up in Fargo, ND, and attended high school and college there. He earned a B.S. degree in Engineering from North Dakota State University. After college, he worked with his father selling farm equipment and trucks in Fargo. True to his agricultural roots his successful career selling farm implements led him to Denver, CO, then Twin Falls, Idaho before settling in Denair, CA. The final years of his career he traveled throughout the Western states selling industrial equipment before retiring in 2008.

As a young man Bob enjoyed water skiing and playing with the kids at his parents’ lake cottage in MN. In Idaho he took up downhill skiing and golf. In retirement Bob enjoyed swimming, playing with his grandchildren, walking the dog, a plethora of syndicated crime shows and the history channel. After a few years of couch surfing Bob discovered Pickle Ball; once hooked, he would play Pickle Ball five and six times a week. In fact, he played Pickle Ball the day he ended up in the hospital.

Bob cherished our home and family. He was the wind beneath our wings, a quiet presence, always willing to support any undertaking we had going on. For years, he took the boys back and forth to all kinds of sports practices; he could always be found in the bleachers cheering them on, no matter what. He willingly held down the fort while Lise ran off to dance camps, music camps, and what not, even though he wasn’t interested in any of it. If it was important to his family, he helped. If we needed something, he got it. On occasion he would surprise us by meeting a need or solving a problem before we realized the situation ourselves.

A Celebration of Life for Bob will be held later in the spring.

If anyone should desire, memorial donations can be made in his name to , to the oncology department at Stanford, or to a charity of your choosing.

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  1. kyakm@charter.net says

    I played pickleball with Bob for a few years. I remember that he was always smiling and seemed to love to play the game. I know that Bob will be missed by many. My best thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time.

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