Fort Worth, Texas
April 4, 1934 — June 4, 2018
With sadness, the family of Emil E. (Swede) Nyberg announces that on June 4, 2018, our big-hearted brother went to be with Jesus. Swede was born April 4, 1934, in Kintyre, North Dakota, the third of six children born to Emil Nyberg and Hilda Nikkila Nyberg.
In 1941, the family moved to Astoria, where Swede received his education. He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1956 that included time in Korea as a jet mechanic. He then worked for Delta Airlines in Dallas, Texas, for 25 years. There, he met and married Charlotte Miller on June 25, 1966. She was his “rock,” and continues to be a loving mother to his three children.
Upon retirement, he opened his own business, Rodeo City Tire in Mansfield, Texas. The business flourished, but eventually closed to allow a public road improvement project. He and Charlotte then moved to Astoria.
Having medical and ambulatory problems, in 2015 Swede and Charlotte moved back to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to be near their children. He never let his physical difficulties slow him down. He was working on a clothes bank for a school in a poor area of Fort Worth the evening before his heart gave out.
He was an active Kiwanian for over 30 years, serving in many capacities, and was very successful in membership recruiting. He found his passion for life in making things better for kids, and the venue he used was the Kiwanis. His efforts included playing Santa Claus, and founding the Soaring Skyward Balloon Festival in Texas (funds for special-needs children), to fundraising for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
He worked tirelessly on the Tapiola Park improvement project, and a fishing dock for deployed military families and underprivileged kids.
Swede is survived by his wonderful wife, Charlotte; his three children, Elaine Nyberg Bower, Susan Burtis and Wesley Nyberg, and their spouses; his beloved grandchildren, Jordan, Laura and John, and their spouses; and great-grandchildren, Addison and Elim. His five siblings, Mavis Bradshaw, Joyce Sipe, Elsie Ford, Willard Nyberg and Darlene Coffey, and many nieces and nephews, also survive. Swede deeply loved his family, and will be missed.
A service was held earlier at The Table Community Church in Fort Worth, and burial is at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
A no-host lunch will be held at Dooger’s restaurant in Warrenton on Thursday, July 12, at 11:30 am. Everyone is invited to attend, and encouraged to bring remembrances of Swede to share. RSVP to 503-440-0186.