LUDLOW – Charles Bernard Swanson, 88, of Paxton, formerly of Ludlow, died at 7:05 a.m. Sunday (July 26, 2015) at the Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton.
Funeral services will be at at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Baier Family Funeral Services, Paxton, with Carolyn Peterson officiating. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery, Rantoul, with Masonic rites.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Charles was born in the farm house at Maple Grove Farm, Ludlow, on Sept. 26, 1926, to Charles Victor and Mary Agnes Funk Swanson. He married Bonnie Webster. She preceded him in death on Aug. 8, 1967.
He is survived by two sisters, Mary Agnes Cheatham of Portland, Ore., and Alice May Swanson of Rantoul; and a brother, Robert Benton of Morro Bay, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a daughter, Carolyn Diane Swanson; and a brother, Lee Victor Swanson.
Charles attended one-room Maple Grove School and graduated from Paxton High School in 1945. He served in the Army Occupation Forces in Japan after World War II. He was a longtime member of the Paxton Masonic Lodge No. 416 A.F.&A.M., the Shriner's International and the Ludlow American Legion.
In 1947, Charles began farming in the Ludlow area and retired in 1997. He was the Ludlow Township justice of the peace for many years. He enjoyed fishing in all the local ponds and lakes. Flying small planes was a part of his early activities.