Peter C. Swanson - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

January 23, 1970 - February 22, 2023

Peter C. Swanson age 53 of St. Louis Park, MN passed away unexpectedly February 22, 2023 from a heart attack. He is survived by his parents, Chuck and Barb Swanson, sister Andrea (Swanson) Spears, brother-in-law Gary Spears, nieces and nephews: Allison, Sydney, Sam and Andrew Spears, and many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Born January 23, 1970 in Wakefield, MA, Pete moved to Minnesota at the age of two. He grew up with a lifelong group of friends from Diamond Lake Church. He was a proud graduate of Edina High School and Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. While pursuing his professional career, Pete earned his MBA from St. Thomas University and worked in sales and program management training and development, most recently as a Training Manager for Zelis Healthcare.

Pete poured his love and energy into his family and friends. He was passionate about golf, his softball team, fantasy football and the Minnesota Vikings. He looked forward to trips to the cabin with family, and enjoyed annual golf and ice fishing trips with friends. He was fiercely competitive and loyal. While always wanting to win, he would cheer for everyone else’s achievements. And he was an uncle beyond compare – always checking in with “the people” and serving as the super fan at all they did.

Please click here to watch a livestream of Pete’s service.

Memorials preferred to Huntsman Cancer Foundation, the national philanthropy of Sigma Chi.


  1. Erica Smith says:

    I only knew Pete for a short while here at Zelis, but he was always so encouraging and full of life. He will be greatly missed by all here at Zelis.

    Deepest sympathy,
    Erica Smith

  2. Bob & Betty Otsea says:

    Based on Swanny’s long and true friendship with our son-in-law Chris Zinn, Swanny was “family.” We love the picture which seems to show how focused he was on whatever was happening. We enjoyed many of those softball games. We will certainly miss him.

    Sincere sympathy to his family,
    Bob & Betty Otsea

  3. Lynne Jarrett says:

    Pete and I worked together on training at Zelis. He always brought a great attitude, inspiration, and a wonderful smile to each encounter. Pete is very much missed!

    Condolences to his family,
    Lynne Jarrett

  4. Natalie (Jones) Yahnke says:

    I am so sorry to hear this news. I remember Pete as one of the nicest guys from high school. Prayers for his family left behind.

  5. Patsy Lillehei says:

    Pete is a member of our DIAMOND LAKE LUTHERAN CHURCH CHURCH family. We Will miss Pete’s smile and laughter and pray for his father, mother, sister, brother in law, nieces, and nephews for peace. Bruce and Patsy Lillehei

  6. Richard Bruce says:

    condolences to all family and friends. Pete RIP my friend.
    Richard and Shelly Bruce

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