Ernest Gene Swanson, of Bridge City, died Friday, March 22, at Cypress Glen East Nursing and Rehabilitation in Port Arthur. Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Claybar Funeral Home Chapel in Bridge City. Officiating will be Pastor Forrest Wood, pastor of First Baptist Church in Orangefield. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens near Bridge City.

Visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home in Bridge City.

Born in Glen Ellyn, Il., on Nov. 23, 1924, Ernest was the son of Ernest G. and Letitia (Sauter) Swanson. He was a first Class Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corp., and worked at Chevron – Gulf Oil for 34 years. Ernest was a member of First Baptist Church in Orangefield, the Lions Club, V.F.W. and the American Legion. He was also a scout leader and a volunteer for the Bridge City Fire Department for 18 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Charles Catanacci, and three sisters.

Ernest is survived by his wife, Bonnie Swanson of Bridge City; daughters, Sunny Jean Cole of California, Janet Katherine Foreman and husband, Jerry of Orange; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Louise Chidlow of Lombard, Il.; three nieces, and numerous family and friends.


Serving as Pallbearers will be Jerry Foreman, Bryne Hurley, George Eia, Ronnie Boullion, Jesse Wales and Bob Montagne.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 288, Orangefield, Texas 77639.