Swenson, Eldon Delray (1937-2006)

Eldon Swenson, 69, died on Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at SCCI Hospital in Fargo, ND.

Funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Monday, September 11, 2006 at the Nazareth Lutheran Church, Holt, MN with Rev. Nancy Hanson and Pastor Irvin Schmitke officiating. Burial will follow in the Ringbo Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Holt Township, Marshall County, MN.

Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Sunday, Sept 10, 2006 at Ringbo Church, rural Holt, MN with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.

Eldon Delray Swenson was born on June 3, 1937 to Hilmer and Emma (Graff) Swenson on the family farm in East Valley Township, Marshall County, MN. He was baptized and confirmed at Ringbo Church, Holt Township, Marshall County, MN. He attended the Ringbo Country School and graduated from Newfolden High School in 1955. Eldon served his country in the National Guard for 12 years.

Eldon was united in marriage to Corrine Ann Olson on March 5, 1960 at the Pine Grove Church in Pencer, MN. They made their home on Eldon’s family farm, where he has lived his entire life. Eldon worked at the Agassiz Refuge for several years and at Arctic Cat for 13 years. During all of this time he also operated a dairy farm.

Eldon was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed hunting elk, deer, bear, and bird. He also enjoyed taxidermy, gardening, trapping, and bird watching. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He served on the East Valley Township Board, and on the Ringbo Church Board.

Eldon is survived by his wife Corrine, Middle River, MN; 5 children: Cecelia “Tootsie” Swenson, Middle River, MN; Rebecca (Mitch) Brodersen, Newfolden, MN; Cynthia Swenson, Williams, MN; Dawn (Roger) Blank, Newfolden, MN; Robert (Debra) Swenson, Thief River Falls, MN: 17 grandchildren: David & Caleb Vickaryous, Nicole & Brandon McBride, Hayden Brodersen, Steven & Ashley Kukowski, Dylan Eisenbarth(Blank), Colton, Walker, Emma Blank, Cody & Carie Swenson, Nathan & Chelsey Szklarski, Alanda Colden, 1 great grandchild Blaine Olson (Kukowski); 1 twin sister: Eileen (Hank) Frigard, Princeton, MN; 1 aunt Liz Swenson, Thief River Falls, MN: and many cousins.

Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter DeLayne Rae McBride, 1 brother Duane Swenson.

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky