ROCK-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM
Jim Sward, of Grasston, passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at his home. He was 87 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service.
James Vernon Sward, A.K.A. Jimmy Sward, passed away peacefully in his sleep early in the morning of May 15, 2016. God chose to take him home on one of his favorite weekends of the year, opening of fishing. He was 87 years old.
Jim was born to Charles and Bertha (Satterstrom) Sward on September 26, 1928 on the family farm in Grass Lake Township, where he spent his entire life. He attended school through the 8th grade at the Edison School. At that time he had to quit and help his parents on the farm.
In 1952 he met Sharon Okeson. They were married in Grasston on December 31, 1954. They spent the next 62 years together. To this union they were blessed with three children. Jim was a deeply devoted husband, father and grandfather and he took it upon himself to be baptized later in life into the Lutheran faith.
Jim worked hard at farming and worked construction for a living. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, old-time country music, raising flowers, growing melons and just spending time with his family. His son-in-law, Bruce, gave him the nickname “Dead Eye” as he shot many deer in his day. Jim was a wonderful storyteller and many stories were shared with family and friends.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents Bertha and Charles Sward; sister Bette Shannon and brother Ray Sward.
He will be lovingly missed and is survived by his wife, Sharon Sward of Grasston, son, Randy (Jan) Sward of Grasston, daughter Denise (Bruce) Bistodeau of Cambridge, daughter Kari Thomas of St. Paul, 6 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, sister-in-law, Virginia Sward, nephews and special niece Cheryl (Ron) Fry of Wintergarden, Florida; many other relatives and friends.