Ray 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.