Larry Keith Swanson, Sr. of Middletown, a machinist having retired from Avon in Middletown and Suffern, as well as having worked part-time for Bob Maxwells Walkaways, died Sunday, May 27, 2007 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Horton Campus in Middletown. He was 70.

The son of the late Oscar and Hannah Nelson Swanson, he was born on March 7, 1937 in Appleton, Minn.

A Veteran, Mr. Swanson served in the United States Air Force from 1955-1959. He was a member of the BPOE Lodge 1097 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 544 in Middletown, as well as the National Rifle Association and a member of the Senior Bowling League of Middletown Lanes.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Swanson at home; his son, Larry Swanson, Jr. and his companion, Kathleen ONeill of Bloomingburg; his grandchildren, Skyler, Blade, Destiny and Rayzer Swanson; his step-grandchildren, Crystal and Joseph Scott; his sisters, Elsie Walkington of Ft. Worth, Texas and Carrie Pennington of Homassassa, Fla.; his sister-in-law, Dolores Barnes and her husband, Robert of Middletown; his aunt, Helen Lusardi and his uncle, Anthony Leo, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A family statements reads: "Larry was an irreplaceable husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was devoted to his wife of 47 years and was an extra special "Papa" to his grandchildren, who will greatly miss him . He was always available, even on short notice, to take them to school or pick them up, join them on school trips and help them with school projects. He loved to hunt and fish while spending weekends on Great Sacandaga Lake. Papa, we will miss you and we know you will have a lot of fishing and hunting stories when we see you again."

Visitaion hours will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc., 72 West Main Street in Middletown, N.Y. Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Mulberry House Senior Center.

Arrangements by Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc.