Carl A. Swenson Jr. passed
away suddenly on March 27, 2006. He was an
exceptional man who touched many people's lives. To those in the industry he was a no nonsense dispatcher
who knew the business at all levels. To his drivers, who
called him "Junior", he was their leader, mentor and
confidant all in one. To his friends he was a sincere,
loyal, and a fun loving companion who loved to fish. To our
family he was everything.
born in Oak Park, Il. and was raised in Fanwood, N. J. He
attended St Lawrence University in Canton, N. Y. where he
met his wife Bobbie. In 1973 after graduating he joined
CASCO as a driver.
frequently unloaded two floor loaded trailers of cookies a
day in the early years. Carl quickly was moved into dispatch
as the fleet expanded. He had an amazing memory for
container numbers and directions and ran the operations from
his head for many years.
Carl was actively involved in the Boy Scouts where he
was Committee Chairman of Troop 33 for fifteen years. He was
also active at the Fanwood Presbyterian Church where he was
a trustee and food bank volunteer. Carl is survived by his
wife Bobbie, and children Keith and Amy.
As a loving
son, husband, brother, father, uncle, and member of the
transportation community he will always be remembered
for his passionate work ethic , creativity, and attention to
detail which established the CASCO brand. We miss you.
Carl A. Swenson Sr. (1917-1996)
Sr. founded CASCO in 1966 after many years in the
transportation industry. A native of Springfield, Illinois
he worked as a tanker driver for Sinclair before being
drafted in 1941.
was stationed in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. He married
Evelyn Roehl while on leave during the war. Upon returning
home he attended the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
in Chicago and graduated with a degree in Industrial
Engineering in 1949.
went to work for Borden's Milk as a fleet engineer. He
was then hired by a consulting firm which eventually led him
east to New Jersey. He became an executive for the Lehigh Valley Transportation Company and later for Preston
Motor Lines. He gained experience working with owner-operators and as the intermodal industry was getting
started he saw an opportunity to start his own company.
Evelyn by his side (and doing all the billing late into the
wee hours of the morning) he built up the business and would
see it pass on to the next generation. He retired in 1986.