Milton Joseph Swenson
February 25, 1917 – September 30, 2017
The world has lost one of the good ones, an adoring husband to our mother, and a wonderful father and role model to his three daughters who loved him very much. A loving grandfather, great grandfather and great great grandfather. I think the greatest gift he gave his three girls was how much he loved our mom. I take solace in knowing they are once again together. At 100 years old, he lived a good and full life. One of the Greatest Generation, WWII veteran, 30 year Chevron employee. Proud Norwegian, his strength was shown in his quiet and stoic behavior. He will be greatly missed.Milton was born in Hitterdal, MN. As a young man during the Depression, he learned self-sufficiency at an early age, serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He came to California with the Minnesota National Guard and was inducted into the Army in 1942. His sweetheart, Eldora, joined him in California, and they were married on July 4, 1942 in Reno, Nevada. After the war, they decided to settle in California and bought a home in Richmond, CA, where he worked for the then Standard Oil Company (now Chevron). There they raised their three daughters. They moved to Concord in 1969 when Milt was transferred to the pipeline terminal at the Avon refinery. They lived in Concord for 33 years, moving to Martinez in 2002. Longtime members of Grace Lutheran Church in Richmond and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Concord. Milt was a member of the Sons
of Norway, and the Sons in Retirement (SIRS), where he enjoyed golfing with his fellow members. An avid reader and history buff who liked to collect coins. His greatest love was his wife and family. Milton was predeceased by his loving wife Eldora (Klemetson), his daughter, Loree Swenson, and infant grandson Mark Gile, his father, Carl E.Harvig, mother, Martha (Melbye) Swenson, stepfather, Gust Swenson, 8 brothers and 3 sisters. He is survived by his sister Arla Olsen of Salt Lake City, UT, daughters Diane Gilmore and Shelley Pile (Richard) of Martinez, granddaughter Shari Curry of
Lodi, grandson Michael Gile (Jennifer) of Pleasant Hill, grandson Joshua Pile of Martinez, granddaughter Jenna Pile of Berkeley. Great-granddaughter Cassandra Campbell and great-great-grandson Kaidan Perez of Lodi, great-grandson Jeremy Gile of Pleasant Hill, great-grandson Justin Gile (Savannah) and great-great-grandson, Lynden Gile of Syracuse, UT. As well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Milton will be interred, with Eldora, in the
Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA. No services are planned at this time.