Emil W. “Ted” Swanson, Jr.

Emil W. “Ted” Swanson, Jr.

December 24, 1932 – December 17, 2020


Emil W. “Ted” Swanson Jr. passed away on December 17th, one week shy of his 88th birthday. Preceded in death by parents, Luella and Emil W. Swanson Sr.; siblings: Helen Craig, Edward Swanson and Luella “Susie” Forrest.  Survived by beloved wife of nearly 68 years, Jeraldine A. Swanson; sons, Thomas D. (Linda) Swanson and Matthew (Sharon) Swanson; two grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 15 step great­grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and devoted caregiver, Karen Williams.

Ted worked as a cable splicer at OPPD for over 35 years. He was a 60-year Mason, a past commander of the Legion of Honor, and a Jester in the Omaha Tangier Shrine Temple. Ted was a talented woodworker and clockmaker, an avid golfer and enthusiastic card player. He was a master gardener and his lawn was his domain! Ted’s specialties in the kitchen included his fudge, his cheesecake and his legendary garlic dip. He was an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and a lifelong fan of Nebraska Cornhusker sports. Go big Ted!

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Sunday, Dec. 20th from 4pm to 6pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, Dec. 21st at 10:30am at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 2315 “I” St.  Interment with military honors at Evergreen Memorial Park.  Memorials are suggested to St. Luke Lutheran Church, Tangier Transportation Fund, and Nebraska Humane Society.

To view a live broadcast of Funeral and Graveside Service, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.



  • Paul and Rejean Jaksich Posted December 19, 2020 12:05 pm

    Tom, Matt and Jerri, Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of Ted. Every time I , Paul, was on a job with Ted for OPPD, He was always so pleasant to talk with. I certainly enjoyed our many conversations at work or casual gatherings. Paul and Rejean Jaksich

  • Bill Harper Posted December 19, 2020 4:38 pm

    Worked with Ted at OPPD, Also in the Shrine and Jesters with him, sorry for your loss.

  • Nancy & Paul McManis Posted December 21, 2020 8:12 am

    We are so sad to hear of the passing of Ted. I (Nancy) would love to attend the services but Paul is so worried about Covid that I have made the decision to stay home. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am anxious to visit Jeri as soon as it is safe. Matt and Sharon…thank you so much for giving me a personal call to tell me of your loss….it meant so much to me. Paul is also a member of the Omaha Tangier Shrine Temple (55 years) so we are sending a donation to their transportation fund in Ted’s name. Have a thoughtful day of memories and prayer today. God bless. Nancy & Paul

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