Richard Lloyd Swenson was born November 30, 1933, to Melford H. and Arlene M. Allis Swenson in Wells, MN. He attended the Wells Evangelical Lutheran Church and graduated from Wells High School. Richard served in the United States Navy from 1955 - 1961. On November 1, 1958, he was united in marriage to Judith Bakke in Austin. The couple moved to Albert Lea in 1962. Richard was employed by the State of Minnesota as a Dairy Inspector. He had been a member of the Eagles for 40 years and was also a member of the Moose Lodge. Richard enjoyed camping, bluegrass music, traveling in his RV, playing guitar, singing, and playing pool with his friends.
Survivors include his children: Craig Swenson of Brooklyn Park, Brenda and husband, Mark Shatek of Albert Lea, and Terri Swenson and her special friend, Pat Oquist, also of Albert Lea; his special friend, Marlys Tritle of Albert Lea; nine grandchildren; sister, Marjean and husband, Albert Jacobs of Alden; brother, James and wife, Diane Swenson of Albert Lea; sister-in-law, Delone and husband, Arlin Sawyer of Austin; brother-in-law, Merlin Bakke of Arcadia, CA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Melford and Arlene Swenson; wife, Judith; and sister, Nordean Weber