Roger Swenson, 1926-2017

Published 9:37 am Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Roger R. Swenson, 90, of Alden died Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease at his home in Alden, surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells. The Rev. Greg Ofsdahl will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Alden Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Alden American Legion and Wells Color Guard. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, visit

Roger Swenson

Roger Swenson

Roger Raymond was born May 28, 1926, the son of Walter and Ann (Schultz) Swenson near Walnut Lake, south of Wells. He grew up on farms in the Wells area and attended Alden and Albert Lea schools. Roger left school to work and help provide for his mother and three brothers.

He served his country in the United States Army in the south Pacific. Upon his honorable discharge, he came back to Minnesota and worked for Land O’ Lakes. Roger was united in marriage to the love of his life, Erma B. Weirum, on Aug. 16, 1951, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. To this union one son, Kevin, was born. The couple made their home in Alden.

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Roger loved to play cards, travel, fish and spend time at the family cabin in Spicer. Roger enjoyed going to auctions, farming, and raising pigs. Most especially, he enjoyed running the combine, picking corn and having a beautiful, weed-free garden. He was a member of the American Legion for over 64 years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 64 years, Erma, who died Oct. 19, 2015;  sister-in-law, Eleanor Pedersen; and niece, Linda Jensen.

Roger is survived by his son, Kevin R. (wife, Sandra) Swenson of Alden; four stepgrandchildren, Kari (Kurt) Mylenbusch of Trenton, Missouri, Lee Felten (Crystal Wren, and her son, Brandon) of Trenton, Raymond (Laura) Davis of Houston, Texas, and Angelique (Tyler) Carroll of Kansas, City, Missouri; 3 step-great-grandchildren, Riley and Hudson Mylenbusch of Trenton and Jace Davis of Houston; brothers: Clarence (Sylvia) Swenson, Roy (Ardys) Swenson and Lester Swenson; brother-in-law, Leo Pedersen; along with several nieces, nephews and their families; and special caregivers, Patti Holmseth and Melissa Grover.

The family wishes to thank all the hospice staff and volunteers and Veteran’s Affairs.