Dale Melvin Swenson

Dale Melvin Swenson

Dale Melvin Swenson peacefully passed away on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Veterans Home in Silver Bay, Minnesota with his loving wife Helen of 50 years of marriage, at his side. He was 71 years, 7 months, and 24 days old.
Dale was the first born son of Melvin and Norma (Smith) Swenson of Grasston. Dale was born on February 10, 1946 at the Kanabec County Hospital in Mora, MN. He lived with his family on a farm west of Grasston. As an infant he was baptized at the Hope Lutheran Church in Grasston, MN. Dale attended first through sixth grades at Grasston, then grades seven through twelfth at the Braham High School. During high school, Dale assisted the caretaker at the Grasston Union Cemetery with mowing, upkeep and grave digging. Dale was also active with the Grasston Boy Scouts. Dale worked for the Cambridge Star newspaper and continued his education through the State of Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry in the Industrial Journalism field.
Dale was united in marriage to Helen Alice Bouska from Henriette on June 3, 1967 at the Grasston Lutheran Church. Together they made their home on a farm west of Grasston. Dale entered the Army in February of 1968 and Helen continued to live on the farm until Dale returned home. Dale and Helen adopted a daughter, Shari Kay Swenson and together they lived west of Grasston until April of 1977 when they purchased a home in Braham, and have continued to live in Braham.
When Dale returned from this military tour overseas in Korea, he returned to work at the Cambridge Star newspaper. Later, Dale started Swenson Photography, and together with Helen, they had numerous opportunities to meet new friends. In 1978 Dale joined the Braham Ambulance Staff, which later became Allina Transportation of Cambridge, and worked there for 25 years. He also was a deputy coroner for Isanti and Mille Lacs Counties until he retired in 2009.
Dale’s love for the wilderness brought him camping and canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the summers and cross country skiing with Helen at the Bearskin Lodge northwest of Grand Marais during the winters. Dale enjoyed the outdoors with his camera, patiently waiting for a perfect sunrise or sunset. Dale enjoyed reading and acquired a library of interesting books as well as artifacts from the Grasston community. He enjoyed visiting folks, exchanging numerous stories of past events, and remembering Helen with flowers.
Dale was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Isanti County, the Braham VFW and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also active with the Pine County Historical Society and a member of the Friendship Assembly of God Church in Braham. Dale loved to travel as time and work schedules permitted.
Dale entered the St. Cloud Medical Center in February of 2010 and was able to return home with Helen in July of 2010. Dale lived in Braham until November 16, 2011 when his declining health forced him to seek fulltime care in a veteran’s home. On August 9, 2012, Dale was transfer to the Veterans Home in Silver Bay were he enjoyed the scenic and calming views.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Clara Bicking.
Dale is survived by his loving wife Helen; daughter Shari Kay Swenson; granddaughter Kama Margaret Swenson; brother Dean (Cordia) Swenson, nieces Melissa DuChene, Heidi Westfall, Amanda Swenson, Lorelei Fenley and their spouses and children; nephews Gary, Loren, Rick, David Bicking and their spouses and children; brother-in-law Charles (Mary) Bouska; numerous other relatives and friends.
Funeral service held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Braham Covenant Church with Pastor Gary Shaw officiating. Military Honors were provided by the Braham VFW Post 1731. Interment was in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com.

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