Dan Swenson


Dan SwensonDan Swenson age 72 of the Lower Sioux Community passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013 at the Redwood Area Hospital after a long illness.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 2 at the Lower Sioux Community Center with final viewing at 9:30 a.m.  Visitation is 4:00-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue at 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Lower Sioux Community Center until time of services on Saturday.  Interment is in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery.   Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dan Swenson was born September 30, 1941 in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Elmer and Mildred (DeGroat) Swenson.  He was baptized at St. Cornelia’s by Bishop Jelinek.  Dan worked as a barber, surgical tech, and as a cook at several different places.  He was very good at cooking, which he did for many functions in the community and at cookouts for family and friends.  Dan was a janitor at the church for many years.  He also was a delegate for the church and attended many church conventions.  Dan was a sharp dresser and had the nickname “Danny Boy”.  Dan enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, listening to music, and working on stereo equipment and cars.  He loved his grandchildren and was very good with kids.

Dan is survived by his wife of 27 years LaVonne “Peps” Swenson; children: Elena Wilson of Sisseton, SD, Regina (Tony) Stacy of the Lower Sioux Community, Dean R. Peterson, Aaron Swenson of the Lower Sioux Community, Heather Swenson, and John Swenson; grandchildren: Marquese Swenson, Velecia Stacy, Xavia Stacy, Americis Dallenbach, Dean Peterson, Jr., Arianna Peterson, Chad Peterson, and William LeBeau.  He is also survived by his siblings: Velma (John) Bulowski, Steve Swenson, and Nancy Swenson; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, son Willis, sisters Jean Swenson Lucio and Mary Swenson Blank, and infant brother Allen.


  1. Tammy (Perez) LaTurco-Pitzl says:

    Hi Auntie…Tammy here, Diane Lothert-Larsen’s eldest daughter. I wanted to stop by to pass on our Family’s Sympathy, love and Prayers. Although Uncle has left physically, his LIFE will never leave your hearts. When the tears slow down, I hope you can smile at the memories. Us kids will never forget the love and support when Mom passed away from both of you…hope you had the same. Take care of you and each other…Much Sincerest Love, Tammy (and Family), Terri Ann (and Family), Gary (and Family) and David (and Family).

  2. Carole & Sherri says:

    So sorry to hear about Dan. We will miss him so much! What a GREAT man! We loved his jokes and how fun he was. What a great friend and a awesome blessing to have been blessed to call him a brother and friend! We will be praying for Peps and the kids/grandkids we love you guys very much. Thank you for sharing your husband/dad/grandpa with us! May the Lord comfort and bless you all beyond measure.

    Sherri Skjonsberg and Carole Quinn

  3. Gary Revier says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing into the spirit world. Dan was a very enjoyable man to visit with and I will miss his friendly greetings whenever we met. He is a Man who will be missed by me and many others of our community. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time.
    Gary Revier

  4. Brown Family says:

    Mrs. Swenson and Family,

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband. Please accept our condolences and heartfelt prayers. May your love for him and your wonderful memories help to ease your pain. Let the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, cofort us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial, with the comfort that we receive from God.

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