Marvin S. Swenson

MARVIN SANFORD SWENSON, 89 of Waseca, died on Monday, January 12, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato.

Born in Waseca County, MN on August 8, 1925, Marvin was the son of Carl and Hilda (Larson) Swenson.  He grew up on a farm in Otisco Township and was baptized and confirmed at the Vista Covenant Church.  He attended school at District 48, Otisco Township and later graduated from New Richland High School in 1943.  He served in the US Navy at the end of World War II as a radioman aboard the USS Adams.  Marvin married Delores Peterson and they lived on the family farm in Otisco Township where they raised four children before divorcing.  He then married Phyllis Meyers and later divorced.  On December 20, 1975, he married Winifred Halverson.  Together they resided in Otisco until moving to Waseca in 1999.  Occupations throughout his lifetime included farming, creamery work, salesman for National Motor Club, manager for Midland Co-Op, shipping clerk for Mishek Company, and long time manager of the Waseca F.O.E. club.  Marvin was an avid sports fan who played baseball for the New Richland Cardinals and also played on many softball teams.  He also bowled one perfect 300 game in March of 1977.  He loved playing cards, pool, and word games.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 39 years, Winifred of Waseca; four children, Ron Swenson, Brenda (Ed) Eisinger, and Doreen Clapper all of Eden Prairie, and Debra Schroeder of Florida; three step children, Tom (Twyla) Halverson, MaryJo (Dwaine) Abbe, and Nancy (Glenn) Sigman; four grandchildren, Angela Johnson, Nick Schroeder, Jake Clapper, and Michael (Jill) Clapper; five step grandchildren, Rob Eisinger, Jeff Eisinger, Kim (Tony) Kilgore, Chris (Robin) Abbe, and Wendy Halverson; and five great grandchildren, Ashlynn, Carolyn, and Kate Abbe and Abbe and Drew Kilgore; and two siblings, Rolland (Carol) Swenson and Esther Dietrich.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and nine siblings, Marilyn, Mildred, Arthur, Kenneth, Frances, Raymond, Emmett, Russell, and Evelyn.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at Dennis Funeral & Cremation Services in Waseca and continue one hour before the service at the church on Friday.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 16, 2015 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New Richland.  Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Meriden. 



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