Robert Andrew Swenson passed away May 18, 2009. He was born February 28, 1928 in Magna, Utah to Ruth Alice Thomsen and Emil F. Swenson. He attended South High School in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah and BYU Salt Lake Center. He joined the Air Force in 1946, and was assigned to the 5th Air Force Headquarters Band at Nagoya, Japan, serving as drum major.\n\nHe married Fumie Suzuki on September 4, 1948. In 1949 he was called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to serve as a missionary in Japan, establishing the branch in Fukuoka and serving as president of the Nagoya Branch. He completed his mission in April 1952 and took his family home to Utah where Bob and Fumie were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. Bob and Fumie helped organize the Japanese-language Dai-ichi Ward. He served as Stake Sunday School President, Stake Clerk, High Priest Group Leader, and High Council member. He served as an ordinance worker in the Jordan River Temple for 14 years.\n\nBob worked 20 years as a Letter Carrier, and 12 years as a security officer at LDS Hospital. He served 58 years with the Salt Lake City Letter Carrier Band, as drum major in the Days of 47 Parade and numerous other parades in Utah and at conventions of the National Association of Letter Carriers across the USA. He was a colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, serving 25 years, and a colonel in the Utah State Guard with 26 years service. He served on the board of the national Japanese American Citizens League Credit Union. \n\nRobert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Fumie; his sons Raymond (Constance), David (Pam), Michael (Kathy), Cory (Terri), and daughter Pamela; 16 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; his sister Joan McDonald; his aunt Mary Nacaratto; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth, sister-in-law Rosemary, brother-in-law Ray McDonald, niece Kimberly McDonald, daughter-in-law Kathy, granddaughters Karen and Julia, and great-grandson Reilly Burton.\n\nFuneral services will be held Tuesday May 26, 2009, at Noon at the Kearns 14th Ward, 4232 West 5015 South. Friends may call Monday evening at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary in Murray, 4760 So. State Street from 6-8 pm, or one hour prior to services, at the church. Interment at Valley View Memorial.