Dale Clemens “Sharkey” Swanson


Dale C. “Sharkey” Swanson, 71, of McLouth, Kansas, died October 4, 2010 at home. No services are planned. He was born December 7, 1938 in Hastings, Minnesota.  He married Sally Laird on July 11, 1957 in Neuvo Laredo, Mexico.  Sharkey is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sally, two daughters, Wendy (Brett) Peterson, Edwardsville, Kansas and Lory (Mike) Wasson, Perry, Kansas and five grandchildren, Brock and Whitney Peterson, Shannon and Lindsey Ritchie and Kellen Wasson


  1. Michelle Marcellus on October 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Dear family, I hope you all know how much I appreciated Sharkey and everything he did for me. When I was a kid, he took me along to the horseshows-putting in entries and keeping track of ribbons and bad judging! He was the first one to help me up after falling from a horse and the first to laugh at dirt in my teeth! He treated me like a daughter and I will miss him terribly. Sunday morning breakfast won’t be the same with his stories and jokes. I was proud to be almost his daughter-Michelle (Brad)

  2. Carl & Betty Heston,2 kids 5 grand & 2 great grands on October 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Sally, Sorry to hear about Sharkey. The coffee pot is always on just like it was, okay now it usually is decaf but it still is our way to just be us. Looks like we have a few chapters to catch up on. We are back in KC area and looking forward to visiting with you. Let us know is there is anything we can do other than just be here with and for you.

  3. Pam and Tom Adkins on October 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    We are very sorry for your lost. You and your family are in our prayers.

  4. Cindy Neal-Keltner on October 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Wendy I am so sorry to hear about your dad. The few times I met him, I thought he was such a nice and down to earth man. Treasure the memories. My family will keep your family in our prayers.

    Cindy and Scott

  5. Connie and Jay Breidenthal on October 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Sally,Wendy and Lori and family,

    So very,very sorry to hear of Sharky’s passing. He was a sweet man with a great sense of humor. We were blessed to have known him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    With sympathy and love,
    Jay and Connie

  6. Amy and family on October 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Wendy and family I am so sorry. Let us know if you need anything, you are in our thoughts.

  7. Margie Claxton on October 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Wendy, Sally & Lory, we just heard..don’t know what to say we are so shocked. Sharkey was a 2nd Dad to our kids growing up. He was a dear, dear man. Please let us know if John or I can do anything to help. All of you are in our prayers. Margie Claxton

  8. Denny and Teresa Hubbel on October 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Wendy we are thinking of you and your family and are very sorry for your loss.
    Denny and Teresa

  9. Pam Eveland on October 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Sorry to hear about your dad, call if you need any help.

  10. Peggy Miller on October 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Wendy I am so sorry for your loss. You and your famly will be in our prayers.

    Bob and Peggy

  11. Sue on October 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Wendy, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. You’ll be in my prayers.

    Sue Collins

  12. Janet on October 4, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Wendy — I am so sorry to hear about your dad. You and Brett and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Joe and Janet Vitt

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