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Michael Swanson, 59, of Columbia, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2011. Mike was born on December 16, 1951, in Tooele, Utah, the son of Leland and Norma Jean Pierson Swanson. He was united in marriage with Eileen Ewens on August 29, 1990, and she survives. He was a car enthusiast, belonged to the Nostalgia Superstock Club, an avid gun collector and a natural jokester. Most important in his life was his family and friends. In addition to his wife Eileen, he is survived by his mother, Norma Barker of Tooele, Utah; step-mother, Barbara Swanson of St. George Utah; four children, Michelle Luebbering, (Philip) of St. Thomas, Emily Fosnow, (Daniel) of Jamestown, Lee Swanson and Steven Swanson, both of Columbia; three grandchildren, Michael, Claire, and Sabrina Luebbering, all of St. Thomas, and one grandchild on the way; five brothers; and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his father, Leland Swanson in 1990. Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 23, 4-8 p.m. and Thursday, February 24 from 9 a.m. until time of service at Memorial Funeral Home. Chapel service will be Thursday, February 24, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 1900 North Providence, Suite 105, Columbia, Missouri 65202. Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhome andcemetery.com
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