Name: Marvin August Swanson
Birth: 9 MAY 1910 in Canton, SD
Death: 12 JAN 2003 in Sioux Falls, SD
Addresses 2001 Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Marvin August Swanson went to his eternal reward on January 12, 2003, having been hospitalized briefly at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls. Marvin was born on May 9, 1910, at the family farm north of Canton, South Dakota, one of eleven children, to August and Mathilda (Anderson) Swanson. He grew up there, attending Dayton country school and developing a lifelong love for farming and raising livestock. In approximately 1936, he moved to the farm that his maternal grandparents, Jonas and Anna Anderson, had homesteaded in the 1870's, after they had immigrated from Sweden. Marvin's mother was born in the home on this farm in 1876. Marvin was married to H. Eleanor Osterberg on October 22, 1939, at the Salem Covenant Church. Together they farmed this family land in the Swedona Church community for 57 years, until failing health forced them to sell and they moved to an assisted living apartment in 1996. His beloved partner, Eleanor, died February 19, 1998, and a daughter, Jeanette, died at birth.
Marvin was an active member of the Swedona Covenant Church, and was known for his big heart and gentle spirit. When he was a teenager and helping on the family farm, he and his older brother, Virgil, worked together frequently. When they worked outside in the feedlot or field during the cold winter, Virgil's hands would get very cold due to circulation problems. Marvin would get his gloves warmed up and keep trading gloves with Virgil during the day so Virgil's hands could stay warm. That was the kind of man that Marvin was to those who knew him. He had many close friends and was successful in his farming operations.
Memorial services for Marvin will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 20, 2003, at the Swedona Covenant Church. The church is located at 25843 479th Avenue, rural Brandon, SD. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Marvin is survived by his sisters, Irene Hildring, of Sioux Falls, SD; Imogene Sallman, of University Park, Florida; brothers, Albin, of Canton, SD; Adrian, of Chicago, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Gladys Swanson, of Sioux Falls, SD; and a number of nephews and nieces.
Father: August Swanson
Mother: Mathilda Anderson
Eleanor H. Osterberg b: 2 NOV 1912 in Salem, South Dakota
22 OCT 1939
in Salem, South Dakota
- Living Swanson