Swan, Vernon Archie (1924-2014)

Vernon Swan, Newfolden, MN, 89, died peacefully on Thursday May 15, 2014 at Sanford Medical Center, Thief River Falls, MN.

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Vernon Swan will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 19, 2014 at New Hope Church in Newfolden, MN with Pastor Ollie Urdahl officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Newfolden, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Monday at New Hope Church.

Vernon Archie Swan was born June 1, 1924 at home on the family farm west of Newfolden, MN the first born son of Arthur and Annabelle (Windahl) Swan. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian Faith. Vernon attended Marsh Grove Country School.

On October 25, 1949, Vernon was united in marriage to Betty Nelson at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Newfolden, MN. to this union four children were born, Baby Girl (stillborn), Karen, Mary Jo and Joel.

Vernon enjoyed working. He farmed and did construction work. In his later years he worked part time on the Peat Farm north of Newfolden, MN with his son, Joel. Vernon loved dancing, going on trips, ice fishing, but his favorite hobby was his work. He enjoyed seeing family and friends.

He was a member of New Hope Church in Newfolden, MN. Vernon is a former member of the Sons of Norway in Thief River Falls and a volunteer fireman for the Newfolden Fire Department in his younger years.

Survivors include his loving wife Betty of 64 years of Newfolden, MN; children, Karen (Keith) Ranum of Viking, MN, Mary Jo (Tim) Davis of Colorado Springs, CO, Joel (Tami) Swan of Newfolden, MN; 6 grandsons, Jared (Lea) Ranum of Onamia, MN, Craig (Erin) Ranum of Littleton, CO, Micah (Kim) Ranum of Worth, IL, Trevor Davis of Denver, CO, Ethan Davis of Loveland, CO, Garrett (Bethany) Swan of Newfolden, MN; 5 great-grandchildren, Logan & Madeline Ranum, Coraline & Soren Ranum, and Sophia Swan; siblings, Joyce Knutson, Robert Swan, Sonya (Gaylord) Pederson and James (Mary Ann) Swan; sister-in-law, Delphine Swan; brothers-in-law, William Grindeland and Lenord Swanson; sister-in-law, Marlene Nelson; brother-in-law, Marvin (Rose) Nelson; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter; brother, Wendell Swan; sisters, Lois (Harold) Maki, Ardith Jean Grindeland, Dorothy Pederson Swanson, Brother-in-law, Sidney Knutson, Palmer Nelson, Orville Nelson, Luther Nelson; and sister-in-law, Beverly Swan.

Transcribed by:  Cheryl Srnsky