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Rodney W. Swanson

October 3, 2017
Emmetsburg News

Services for Rodney Swanson were held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Reverend Paul Frederiksen officiated.

Interment was in Riverside Cemetery in Spencer. Rodney was buried with military rites by American Legion Post #173 of Ayrshire. Martin-Mattice Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rodney Wayne Swanson, son of John and Madella (Matthiesen) Swanson, was born October 21, 1926 near Ayrshire. He received his education in Ayrshire, graduating from Silver Lake Consolidated High School in 1944. Rodney served in the United States Army and was stationed in Korea for two years. After being honorably discharged in 1948, he returned to farm south of Ayrshire.

On Feb. 26, 1949 Rodney was united in marriage to Myrt Friedley at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Rodney and Myrt made their home southwest of Ayrshire where they farmed for many years.

Rodney was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ayrshire where he was active on several boards and committees. He served on the R.E.C. board and was later appointed director of the board. Rodney also served on the Ayrshire Elevator board and was an active member of the American Legion Post #173 in Ayrshire.

Rodney retired in 1989 from farming and he and Myrt moved to Spirit Lake where they made their home. During this time they joined Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer.

Rodney passed away Monday, September 25, 2017 at Avera Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jana Sierck; and a brother, Dale Swanson in 2016.

He is survived by his wife, Myrt of Spirit Lake; his children, Rhonda (Daniel) Wenck of Orange County, CA, Jill (Jim) Weerheim of Milford, and Kyla (Joel) Berkland of Woodstock, IL; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a brother, John E. Swanson of Ruthven; as well as many other relatives and friends.

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