Lloyd Verdayne Swenson, 86

Published 11:06 am Friday, April 6, 2012

Lloyd Verdayne Swenson, 86 of Austin, Minn. died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin.

Lloyd Swenson

He was born May 15, 1925, in Houston County, Minnesota to Arvid and Dorothy (Findreng) Swenson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Stone Church and attended schools in Fillmore and Houston Counties, graduating from Houston High School in 1943. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy and serving for three years, he attended St. Olaf College, graduating in 1950.

On April 9, 1955, Lloyd and Ramona Palmer were united in marriage at Bear Creek Lutheran Church near Grand Meadow. Lloyd spent his life as an educator, teaching math and driver education at Canton, Minn., Blooming Prairie, Minn. and Austin High Schools. Since his retirement in 1984, he has served as a member of the Minnesota State Board of Education, St. Mark’s Lutheran Home Board, Good Earth Village Board, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, Izaak Walton League, Retired Educators (AAREA, SEREAM, REAM) and the American Legion Honor Guard.

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Survivors include his wife, Ramona of Austin; three sons and daughters-in-law, Lee (Barbara) Swenson of Maplewood, Minn., David (Kara) Swenson of Boone, Iowa, Scott (Kris) Swenson of St. Paul; six grandchildren, Kyrsten, Kyle, Austin, Luke, Cameron, and Parker Swenson; brothers and sisters-in-law, John Swenson of Newport, Wash., Alma Swenson of Spring Grove, Minn., Annette Swenson of Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada; brothers-in-laws, Norman (Patricia) Palmer of Rochester, Minn., Curtis (Patricia) Palmer of Happy Jack, Ariz., Leslie (Anne) Palmer of Tucson, Ariz.; nieces, nephews, cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Arvid and Dorothy, one sister, Dorothy Ann Swenson and three brothers, Amos, Donald and Ellwood Swenson.

Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, April 9, 2012, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin with Reverend Glenn Monson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors by American Legion Post No. 91. Interment will be at a later date in Grandview Cemetery. The family prefers that memorials be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Austin.

Services prearranged and performed by Worlein Funeral Home of Austin.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com.