Herbert Irwin Swanson
Herbert Irwin Swanson, “Irwin,” 82 of Carrington, ND, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013 at The Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND surrounded by family with his wife holding his hand.
Born March 15, 1931 in Rugby, ND, the son of Herbert and Rubelle (Romfo) Swanson. The family moved to Nordmore Township when Irwin was ten. He attended Nordmore Public School through 8th grade.
Irwin married Judy Gussiaas at Kvernes Lutheran Church, Nordmore Township on November 14, 1954. They moved into their home together where they lived until March, 2013. Irwin loved working in his workshop, fixing, designing and building equipment. Irwin was a farmer and rancher and over the years has raised dairy cattle, pigs, and beef cattle. He had a gentle and natural way of relating to animals and working with his livestock.
Irwin was a member of Kvernes Lutheran Church where through the years he greatly enjoyed being a member of the choir, a youth group leader, and the Kvernes Church board. He also was on the board of the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd.
Irwin was the first Pioneer Seed dealer in Foster County with Swanson Seeds, a business that his son David continues to own and operate. He was a member of the National Farm Organization and had deep concern for the future of farming.
Irwin is survived by his wife, Judy, of Carrington, ND; sons Dennis (Mary) and David (Sue) both of Carrington, and daughter Dawn (Ron) Robson, Fargo, ND; grandchildren Lynnette (Mike) Ophaug, Grand Forks, ND, Michael (Christina) Swanson, Chapel Hill, NC, Matthew (Ashley and Baby Boy) Swanson, Leeds, ND, Andrew (Heather) Swanson, Bismarck, ND, Ryan Swanson, Golden, CO, Amanda and Luke Robson, Fargo, ND; and 1 great grandchild, Jonah Swanson (Andrew). He also played a special role in the lives of Christina Thompson, Laura, Phillip, and Austin Butts.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to HeartSprings. HeartSprings Phone: 701-261-3142 Fax: 701-237-4937 Housed out of: Messiah Lutheran Church 2010 N. Elm St. Fargo, ND 58102
His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 10:30 AM at Kvernes Lutheran Church, rural Carrington, ND.
Visitation will be held Thursday, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.
Burial will be at Kvernes Cemetery, rural Carrington, ND.
An online guest book is available at evansfuneralhomend.com.