|5/13/2020 10:50:00 AM|
Reverend Ernest "Ernie" Swenson, 80, of Windom died May 6, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom.
A private family service was Tuesday at Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom with Pastor Paul Sajban officiating.
Special music was provided by Ruth Wohlfeil, organist; and Pastor Sajban, vocalist.
Casket bearers were Pastor Sajban, Douglas Swenson, Kenneth Swenson, Brian Swenson, Darrin
Swenson and Chad Swenson.
Honorary bearers were Ernie's nieces and nephews.
Interment was at Delafield Township Cemetery in rural Windom.
The service was recorded and will be available for later viewing.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom handled the funeral arrangements.
Ernest "Ernie" Lee Swen-son was born Oct. 9, 1939, to Milford and Ora Jeanette (Nesmoe) Swenson in Jackson County. He was baptized at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Bergen and later confirmed at Evangelical Lutheran Church of Windom.
Ernie attended elementary school in rural Delafield Township before graduating from Windom High School in 1957.
While in high school, Ernie joined the Army National Guard and served for nine years.
In 1964, Ernest married Frances Smith at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lexington. They lived in Windom, where he worked on the family farm southwest of Windom, drove truck for Schweitzer's flax plant and, in 1972, started as a coast-to-coast, over-the-road truck driver.
In 1983, he felt a call to serve the Lord and was accepted into Lutheran Brethren Seminary in Fergus Falls. He graduated in 1987 and returned to Windom to serve as interim pastor at Living Word Lutheran Church, where he was ordained in 1989.
In 1990, he was called to serve dual parishes in Frederic, Wis., where he stayed until retiring in 2005.
In retirement, he returned to Windom and became involved at Lutheran Church of Our Savior. He served as assistant pastor until fully retiring due to the progression of Inclusion Body Myositis, which made daily activities difficult for him.
Ernie enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, reading, socializing, sprint car races in Jackson, cars, trucks and a good, old-fashioned Western.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Avis Story.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Swenson of Windom; three sons: Brian Swenson and Chad Swenson, both of Minneapolis, and Darrin Swenson of Worthington; one grandchild, Sigrid Thomatz; and brothers: Darel Swenson of Plymouth, Douglas (Alba) Swenson of Mounds View and Kenneth (Shirley) Swenson of Sauk Rapids.