Elias “Eli” Swanson


Relationship to conference: Son of elder, Rev. Wayne Swanson

Date of death: April 11, 2021 at age 19

Arrangements: A visitation will be held Thursday, April 15 from 2-4 p.m. at Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation (833 S. Marschall Rd., Shakopee).  A private family service will begin at 4:30 p.m.  Friends are invited to stream the service at the following link: Eli Swanson Funeral Service (Meeting ID: 997 5505 2333 / Passcode: 364104).  

Appointment information: Rev. Swanson was ordained as a deacon in 1986 and as an elder in 1989. He has served Minnesota churches in Heron Lake, Bingham Lake, Okabena, Inver Grove Heights (Salem UMC), and Arlington, and currently serves in Fridley.

Elias is survived by parents, Rev. Wayne and Holly Barr Swanson; twin brother, Izak Swanson; siblings, Mikalynn (Joel) Hauer, Dylan (Brittany) Wojtowicz, Andrew (Renae) Swanson, Kaidra (Greg) Gruber, Evie (Emmanuel) Roldan, Linnea (Justin) Hill, and Madison Wojtowicz; grandmother, Violet Barr; and nine nephews & nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Vern and Mavis Swanson and Charles Barr.

Cards of condolence can be sent to Eli Swanson’s Family c/o Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation, 104 First St. W, Jordan, MN 55352.

An obituary is available on the website of Ballard-Sunder Funeral & Cremation.

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