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Gary is a 1965 graduate of Princeton High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1970 with a degree in electronics and was married to Janet Carver in 1974. He and his wife lived in the upstairs apartment at the Princeton Elks Lodge for several years where he did maintenance and ground-keeping for the Lodge.
After starting a stint as Bureau County Deputy, he was hired by the Princeton Police Department in 1975. He worked as a patrolman until 1995 when he advanced to investigator. In 2004, he retired from the PPD and has worked part-time at the Bureau County Court House since.
Many of you know our Grand Marshal for his career in music. He started a band in the 60s with Keith Knudsen who later went on to play drums for the Doobie Brothers. Over the years, our Grand Marshal has been part of several bands, including "Shillings", "Junction", "Alibi" and finally "The Generics."
He is a world-class volunteer. He has set up sound for the Bureau County Convoy for Cancer, Bureau County Relay for Life, March of Dimes Walk, United Way Banquets, Memorial Day Services, Veterans Day Services, Bureau County Fairgrounds, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Princeton High School Sports and many other functions, including Bureau County Homestead Festival. He was a volunteer MC for the Lions Club and Elks Lodge drawdowns.
He is very active in the Princeton Elks Lodge 1461 where he was an officer and has served on many committees including Christmas Baskets, Easter Bunny, clean-up committee and has played for many Elks fundraisers for free. He was recently named "Elk of the Year."
He encourages young people to volunteer for their church, school and community. We celebrate "Glory Days" by recognizing the accomplishments of Gary Swanson and his contributions to our community.
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