Stanley Howard Swenson was born May 11, 1934, in Spring Grove, Minn., to John and Thelma (Halvorson) Swenson. He graduated from Mabel High School in 1952. He married Lois Halvorson in 1954, and they were blessed with four children. and were married 62 years. They farmed 40 years north of Mabel, then built a home and moved to town in 1995. During this time they spent their winters in Mission, Texas. In 2012, they built a home in Rochester to live closer to their daughters. After Lois died in 2017, Stan lived in Mabel for a short period of time before moving to Shorewood Assisted Living in Rochester. Stan and his brother Jerald enjoyed two special years together at Shorewood prior to Jerald’s death in 2020.
Stan was very involved in his community, serving on the Creamery Board, the Farm Service board, and the Mabel First Lutheran Church Council. He was an active member and supporter of the Lion’s Club, 4-H Club, and Farm Bureau.
Stan was a hard worker, always believing that no stone should be left unturned. He was beloved by his family for his humorous songs, poems, stories, and never-ending support. He spent countless hours in retirement making and sharing beautiful pieces of intarsia.
Stanley passed away on January 7, 2022, at Shorewood Assisted Living in Rochester at the age of 87. He is survived by children David (Julie) of Mabel, Debra (Rick) Groth of Rochester, and Jana (Paul) Thompson of Byron; 11 grandchildren: John, Jeremy, Justin, Joseph, Matthew, Sarah, Kristine, Paula, Josh, Kimberly, and Erica; and great-grandchildren: Logan, Benjamin, Shawn, Mason, Owen, Mara, Isabella, Stella, Liam, Charlotte, Leila, Jax, and Aren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sister Marilyn (Denis) Lowry, and a brother, Orville (Sandra) Swenson.
He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, his parents John and Thelma, his brother Jerald Swenson, and his son Michael Swenson.
A funeral service for Stanley will be held on January 12 at 11 a.m. at Mabel First Lutheran Church with visitation one hour prior to services. In lieu of flowers the family requests that any memorials be directed to Mabel First Lutheran Church Cemetery Association, or to Seasons Hospice in Rochester. The Mengis Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.