Lenord Swanson, 91 of Thief River Falls, MN passed away peacefully on Monday, December 16, 2019 at Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center with his loving family at his side.

The funeral service to celebrate Lenord’s life will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 20, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Golv and Rev. Ale Tulu officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a 6:00 PM prayer service on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.  Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Friday at the church.

Lenord James Swanson was born on July 28, 1928 in Thief River Falls, MN, the second of ten children born to George and Kate (Anton) Swanson.  He was baptized into the Lutheran faith in St. Hilaire, MN.  Lenord graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls in 1947.

Lenord entered the Armed Services in 1947 and served at Camp Gordon, GA until his honorable discharge in 1951.  He also served for several years in the National Guard.

On June 19, 1951 Lenord was united in marriage to Marlys Claire Elseth at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN.  To this union three children were born, Kathi Jo, Jani, and Hal.  The family lived in rural Thief River Falls from 1956 until 2017.

Lenord worked for Maves Standard Oil Station in Thief River Falls until returning to the family farm in 1955 where he farmed in partnership with his two brothers, Chester and Donald.  The farm was established in 1928 by George and Kate Swanson and is still owned by the family today.  Lenord and his brothers were considered very progressive farmers known for the operation’s size and innovation.  It included a dairy, poultry, hog, and grain operation.  Lenord continued to actively manage the farm until the age of 89.  Farming was his life’s passion.

Lenord enjoyed spending time with his family, his siblings and their families.  He was a very social guy who loved to dance.

In April of 2002 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Pederson Evangelical Covenant Church in Thief River Falls, MN.

Lenord served on the boards of Production Credit Association and Farm Service Agency for nine years.  He was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls.  Lenord was also a member of the American Legion.

Lenord is survived by two daughters, Kathi Jo (Rick) Arbues of Fallbrook, CA, and Jani (Mike) Wiebolt of Motley, MN; son, Hal (Tamie) Swanson of Baxter, MN; six grandchildren, Ryan and Spencer Arbues, Michael and Ben Wiebolt, Randie (Nate) Blumhagen, and Cam Swanson; four siblings, Lylian “Mickey” Richards, Oliver “Skip” Swanson, Leslie Swanson, and Sharon (Neil) Bugge; sister-in-law, Shirley Swanson all of Thief River Falls; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by wife, Marlys; his second wife, Dorothy; his parents, Kate and George Swanson; siblings, Chester Swanson, Eleanor Swanson, Donald Swanson, Clifford Swanson, and Dennis Swanson; sisters-in-law, Patricia Swanson, Janet Swanson,  Cerise Swanson, and Bernadette Swanson; brother-in-law, Charles Richards.

Condolences may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church, Thief River Falls.


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