Harold Dean Swenson Harold Dean Swenson 87, of Eskridge, Kansas passed away Monday, January 13, 2014, at Morris County Hospital. He was born May 29, 1926 on the Swaim Ranch, north of Dwight, Kansas, to Ollie and Ethel (Dewey) Swenson. He graduated from Eskridge High School. Dean served in the United States Air Force. He married Helen Louise Duguid on May 1, 1955 in Nortonville, KS. She preceded him in death on November 2, 1997. He was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church as well as the Dover Masonic Lodge. Dean was the oldest of five children and was very musically inclined. He often entertained his siblings by playing the violin, banjo or harmonica. Dean, along with a group of musicians, enjoyed entertaining in Americus on Friday nights. Dean loved working on his farm, as it brought him complete happiness. He loved his family and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play baseball and basketball. He also enjoyed traveling, taking two major trips from coast to coast. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Louise, and brother Charles Swenson. Dean is survived by his sons, Mike Swenson, of Eskridge and Tom Swenson and wife Debbie, of Peabody; grandchildren, Kelli Burke, of Peabody and Bryan Swenson (Leila), of Valley Center; great- grandchildren, Tanner Burke and Elizabeth Swenson. He is also survived by brother, Dale Swenson (Betty), of Hannibal, MO; sisters, Linda Pugh and Lorna Newby (Jerry), all of Eskridge. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Emmanuel Cemetery. A visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm, on Wednesday, January 15th at Penwell-Gabel Flint Hills Chapel Mike Swenson, of Eskridge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Church and may be sent in care of Penwell-Gabel, Po Box 273, Council Grove, KS 66846. To leave a special message for the family online, please visit www.PenwellGabelCouncilGrove.com.
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Jan. 14, 2014