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Adolph Donald (Don) Swenson, 91

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Adolph Donald (Don) Swenson, age 91 of Alta Vista, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at Colonial Manor in Elma.
A private visitation will be held at Conway & Markham Funeral Home and burial at Union Cemetery in Alta Vista for the immediate family.
Online condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Colonial Manor in Elma, Iowa.
Adolph Donald (Don) Swenson was born June 26, 1929. He died of natural causes March 24, 2021, at Colonial Manor in Elma. He had been fully vaccinated and had lived through the pandemic.
He was the fourth of five boys who grew up in Saude, near the Little Turkey River.
Don married Lorraine Joachim on June 2,1948. For over 50 years, they lived and farmed near Alta Vista, on the family’s century farm.

Don also worked as a bus driver for the New Hampton Community Schools.
They were active at the Zion Lutheran Church and were excellent Pinochle players.
Lorraine preceded Don in death after 69 years of marriage.

Don is survived by his three children and their spouses, Ruth (Wilbur) Woods of Bucyrus, Missouri, Doris (Roger) Swanson of Canton, Michigan, and Glenn (Karna) Swenson of Minneapolis; 12 grandchildren, Daniel (Emily) Woods, Michael Woods, Jeffrey (Janice) Baygents, Denise Barnett, Christopher (Christine) Swanson, Carrie (Michael Furgerson) Swanson, Casey (Amanda) Swanson, Scott (Amanda) Swenson, Matthew (Caitlin) Swenson, Dade (Emily Snavely) Colberg, lan McBrayer, and Ellis McBrayer; 12 great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Charles, Abbey, Cody, Kyleigh, Carter, Eli, Ashley, Bennett, Andrew, Hailey and Caleb; one brother, Joseph (Joe) Swenson; and numerous nephews and nieces.


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