A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Scandinavia Lutheran Church in Scandinavia, with Pastor Mark Sabin officiating. Interment will be later at the Scandinavia Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, and again from 9:30 a.m. Monday until the service.
Memorials may be directed to the Scandinavia Lutheran Church building debt reduction fund.
The Voie Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.voiefuneralhome.com.
Mr. Swenson was born Jan. 9, 1929, in Iola, a son of the late James and Esther (Anderson) Swenson. As young as 14 he drove cattle truck to Milwaukee and hitchhiked with friends to Kansas to work grain harvests.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in October 1946 and received a medical discharge in February 1947.
He was married to Donna Jenson Feb. 25, 1950, in Evanston, Ill.
He worked as a mechanic for his uncle Tony Rotter in Racine; worked as a mechanic for Eric Benson in Wilmette, Ill.; did construction work for Bert Olund Construction in Evanston, Ill; purchased a milk route in Scandinavia and picked up milk from farmers and hauled it to the Scandinavia Creamery.
He drove a fuel delivery truck for Clark Oil; operated a service garage in Scandinavia; worked for Johnson Construction in Scandinavia; and hauled logs for Olson Bros. of West Bend.
He later went into the electrical trade working for Kiel & Werner of Neenah, then for Uptown Electric of Waupaca and again for Kiel & Werner, running many large jobs. He took over the electrical department for Waupaca Foundry and later transitioned to superintendent of Project Construction and helped with various expansions of the Foundry through the 1970s and ’80s.
After retiring in 1992 he continued consulting with various electrical and construction jobs.
Throughout his life he volunteered at Scandinavia Lutheran Church, Scandinavia Booster Club for the Free Fair and Corn Roast, Iola Old Car Show and other community projects.
Survivors include his wife, Donna; four daughters, Brenda (Erle) Towne, Julaine (Thane) Mules, Heidi (David) Hintz and Kristen (Erik) Hanson; two sons, James (Lynn) and Mitchell; 21 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Jeanette and Lola Jane Mickiewicz; his stepfather, Julian Hoyard; and one granddaughter.