RAY SWARD

DIGITAL CAMERARay Sward, of Grasston, passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at his home.  He was 84 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 5 – 7 pm on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at the Hope Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

INURNMENT will be in the Grasston Union Cemetery.

Ray Sward, of Grasston, Minnesota passed away on October 2, 2014 at his home.  He was 84 years old. 

Ray was born January 4, 1930 to Charles and Bertha (Satterstrom) Sward. The youngest of 3 children, Ray grew up on his family’s small dairy farm in Grass Lake Township. When he wasn’t helping with the chores, Ray would spend time fishing and hunting with his brother Jim.

Ray met his wife, Bernice “Ginny” Callander in 1949. They were married in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 5, 1951. Shortly after they were married, Ray was drafted into the US Army and served in Korea. Upon his return, Ray and Ginny lived in St. Paul until moving back to Grasston in 1960, where they raised 3 sons.

While Ray’s profession was that of a masonry contractor, his passion was for the outdoors. Spring and summer would find him fishing with Ginny or friends, while the fall would take him hunting; anywhere from British Columbia to Saskatchewan to Hudson Bay to Newfoundland in search of game. He volunteered countless hours with the Kanabec Conservation Club, the Braham Sportsman’s Club, and the American Legion. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Bette.

He is survived by his wife Ginny; brother Jim (Sharon); sons, Chuck (Dana), Wayde (Pam), and Doug (Marie), 10 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and countless other relatives and friends.

7 guestbook entries for RAY SWARD

  1. Tom & Nancy Olson October 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm #

    Hi Ginny and Family,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

    Tom & Nancy Olson
    (Tom is Oscar Satterstrom’s nephew.)

  2. Kris and Smokey October 5, 2014 at 11:13 pm #

    Ginny, so sorry to hear about Ray. Our thoughts are with you. – Smokey and Kris

  3. Kim Greene October 6, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    So sorry for your loss, Ginny, and family. Ray was a great wonderful man, I had so many many conversations with him, and enjoyed his knowledge about life.Always looked forward to seeing him and chatting.God bless you and your family.

  4. Dorothy Swift October 6, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    So sorry to hear about Ray
    We will miss him
    Dorothy

  5. Elaine Garaghty October 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    Ginnie, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I will never forget Ray’s smile and always had a kind word for everyone.

  6. Mary newton October 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

    Im so sorry for your loss Ginny.I always loved talking to Ray about Vegas and his blackjack tournaments.You both were very kind to let me come over and pick the raspberries,so many yrs ago ,but seems like yesterday.God Bless you and your family.

  7. Steve & Julie Gustafson October 13, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    We too wish to extend our sympathies to you and your family.

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