James Swenson, of Ogilvie, died on Sunday, December 30, 2012, at the St. Clare Living Community of Mora. He was 70 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.
BURIAL will be in Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.
James Swenson, of Ogilvie, MN, died on Sunday morning December 30, 2012 at the St. Clare Living Community of Mora. He was 70 years old.
James was born on August 7, 1942 at the Braham Hospital in Braham, MN to Conrad and Pearl (Haines) Swenson of Ogilvie, MN. He was raised on the family farm in South Fork Township, Kanabec County, MN. James was better known as Jim. His dad, Conrad, did custom threshing of small grains, and owned a silo filler to chop corn and fill silo’s for the neighborhood farmers. Conrad also had one of the first wire tie hay balers in South Fork and did custom hay baling. Jim helped his dad in all of these endeavors while growing up.
Jim graduated from Ogilvie High School in 1960 and continued to farm with his dad. They had milk cows, young stock and beef cattle. In 1964 the Hass homestead across the road from the Swenson’s came up for sale. Jim purchased it and continued the farming business. Along with farming he drove truck for Ronnie Munsterteiger, a local cattle hauler, and also drove milk truck for Phil Mueller. In 1967 Jim purchased a John Deere 420 crawler with a loader and that was the start of his construction and excavation business; then a Ford backhoe, a Chevy dump truck and a John Deere dozer were purchased. Jim continued his construction and excavating business along with farming for the next 22 years. In 1989 he sold the construction business. After that he went into custom combining business and continued to farm and raised cash crops along with a herd of white face Herefords and swine. For many years he would custom combine over 1000 acres. Jim was an active member of the Ogilvie Lions Club and for several years raised the sweet corn for the annual Ogilvie “Corn on the Curb Days”. If there was corn left over he enjoyed giving it away to friends and neighbors. In 1999 Jim semi-retired by selling the larger farm machinery and rented out the tillable land and pasture to other farmers in South Fork Township.
One of his favorite past times was working in his woodworking shop. He truly enjoyed making wood novelty items to either sell or give away.
Jim had diabetes since he was 16 years old, but no one ever heard him complain about it and he continued to live and work despite having the diabetes.
He was preceded in death by his parents Conrad and Pearl Swenson. He is survived by friends Dale Hawkins, Arlene Miller, Duane Munsterteiger, cousins and other friends.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. Rev. Bob DeYoung officiated and provided music. Pallbearers were Dale Hawkins, Duane Munsterteiger, Arlene Miller, Dorothy Bolen, Mike Lobdell and John Peterson. Interment was at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie, MN.