Roy Swanson

Roy Alfred Lester Swanson Jr.

March 29, 1942 - January 6, 2021
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Roy Swanson Jr., 78, of Greeley, Colorado, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2021 in Greeley.

Roy was born in Pueblo, Colorado to Roy Sr. & Pauline (Dill) Swanson on March 29, 1942.

Roy attended public schools in Greeley, graduating from Greeley High in 1960, completed his BS degree in chemical engineering in 1960 from the University of Colorado. The next year he attended graduate school at the University of Washington for two years. Moving back to Greeley he completed his MS degree in 1971 from the University of Colorado. The following year he received his PHD in Physics and Astrophysics. In 1977 he was a faculty instructor at the Colorado School of Mines.

In the early 80’s he was a research assistant at the University of Colorado. Roy spent his entire career working in the Aerospace industries, working for both public and private industries in the state of Washington, District of Columbia, Alabama, Maryland and Virginia. He also had four publication published while he was working for NASA, he also had two experiment on two different space launches both were to Mars.

Roy was a life time support of the University of Colorado acting as a Ambassador for University. He was also a avid fly fisherman which he enjoyed doing on his travel around the country. Since 2000 he enjoyed spending time with his high school working on many of the reunions.

Roy is survived by his lifelong friend, Jack Wheeler; friends from the Greeley High Class of 1960; and several nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother; and 1 sister.

A private Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring of 2021
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