David "Swede" Grindberg

Olivet's Livestream of the Memorial Service on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6g6bm_ahnT8 Boulger's Livestream of the Prayer Service: https://vimeo.com/event/1984247 David “Swede” Grindberg, age 80 passed away March 25, 2022 in his Fargo home under the care of Sanford Hospice and surrounded by his family. His funeral will be held at Olivet Lutheran Church on Wednesday, March 30th at 1:30pm. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 29th at 6pm, with prayer service to follow at 7pm, also at Olivet. Swede was born on May 17, 1941 to Carl and Leona (Sheeley) Grindberg. He was one of ten children raised in Mapleton, North Dakota and graduated from Mapleton High School in May 1959. Swede served in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1966. He was stationed in France for much of this time and loved to tell stories of serving during the Berlin Air Lift and of his many adventures across Europe. He worked at Armour Meats in West Fargo after serving in the Air Force, but eventually found his calling selling wholesale plumbing and heating. Swede was employed by Baker Wholesale, DC Sales, and Ferguson during his career, working with customers across North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Swede fell in love with Carol Erjavec and they were married on July 30, 1965. Their 56 year marriage brought three children into the world; Carla, Kristi, and Guy. The family made their home in Fargo and purchased a cabin on Turtle Lake in 1968. In 1994, they built a year round home on Turtle Lake, where they loved to spend time with family and entertain friends. Swede was very proud of each and every sunfish caught by his six grandchildren. Upon retirement, Swede and Carol spent the winter months in Mercedes, Texas. Swede’s passions in life were his wife, Carol, and family time at the lake. He also loved watching his grandchildren’s activities, golfing with friends, and Bison football (and tailgating!). His grandchildren participated in football, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, volleyball, baseball, track, dance, music, and much more. He loved attending all events and was so proud that he was known to shed a tear while watching. Swede was a longtime member of Green Valley Golf Course in Lake Park, MN and Llano Grande Country Club in Mercedes, TX. He liked to play for a quarter a hole, and if you were lucky he gave you a stroke on the par 4s. He also played on the Red River Valley Senior Tour and wasn’t shy to point out when his name was in the paper for winning his flight. Swede was a Bison football season ticket holder since the mid 1960’s and was able to attend 8 national championship games. There were many wonderful friendships formed and good times had in the parking lot of Dacotah Field and the Fargodome. Go Bison! Swede is survived by his wife Carol, Fargo, ND; daughter Carla (Pat) Odegaard, Surprise, AZ; daughter Kristi (Matt) Feil, Moorhead, MN; and son Guy (Junelle) Grindberg, Victoria, MN. Grandchildren Madeline (Craig) Steingaard, Michael Odegaard, Cole Grindberg, Kyra Grindberg, Gabrielle Feil, and Gavin Feil. Sisters Margaret Turner, Joyce Gilbertson, and Katie Schar. Sister in-laws Bobbie McGarvey and Judy Erck. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Carl Grindberg, Marvin Grindberg, and Steve Grindberg, sisters Charlotte Walker, Lois Knecht, and Doris Johnson. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be given to Sanford Hospice or West Fargo VFW.

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  1. Sending prayers for healing blessings and lots of Love and many great memories at the lake for me and my family. Much Love.
    Love hugs and kisses, auntie and sister, Judy

  2. Sorry to hear about Swede he was a great person to work with and to learn from. Had a lot of fun working and golfing with him. He will be missed

  3. Words cannot express how very deeply saddened we are to hear of Swede’s passing. He was a wonderful man, a great friend whom we loved dearly. Our hearts and sympathy go out to Carol and family at this very difficult time.
    Blaine and Sherry

  4. Carol and family, our deepest sympathies for your lose. I worked with Swede at Ferguson. He truly had a passion for sales and and was loved by customers and co-workers.
    This year, I just sold the Arctic Cat Bearcat snowmobile Swede sold me 16 years ago. I kept it in like new condition as Swedes did.
    Our thoughts prayers are with you.

  5. Dear Carol and family,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Swede. We wish to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. We were so blessed to have spent so many winters with you and Swede in Texas. He was such a happy and wonderful man. We will cherish all the great memories especially the “happy hours”. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you all during this time of sorrow. Rest In Peace, Swede.
    Rene and Yvette

  6. Deepest condolences to Carol and the Grinberg family. We lost a good man and a good friend. Rest In Peace. We pray for you.

  7. We have definitlely lost a legend. From playing softball together, fishing in Canada, Swede telling stories to all after our ball games and great happy hour person. My daughter grew up with Swede’s girls when we would visit the Grindbergs on Turtle Lake. Swede hollering at Guy for getting lines all tangled while teaching him how to fish was always a laughing stock for us, poor Guy. Swedes wife,Carol,was a special person putting up with his antics. I will never forget the man. RIP Swede

  8. Sorry to hear of Swede passing. What great times at 14 1/2 st.
    Great memories. rip. Wes and Vivian

  9. I am so sad that Swede passed.He was loved by all and will be missed. My condolences to Carol and the family. I don’t know if anyone could beat Swede with belly-bumping . He almost knocked me on my back.!!! Definitely a wonderful person.

  10. Thinking of all the wonderful times together at Turtle Lake. So many great memories with Uncle David and all of you…sending hugs, love, and prayers.

  11. The loss of a family patriarch leaves a huge hole. I know Karla. May your memories remind you of him often and you realize he will never totally leave you. Always just a whisper away, he will be there for you.

  12. Our deepest condolences Carol, Kristi, Carla and Guy and the rest of the family. Swede was such a fun, caring, and generous man. We loved our times at your cabin and catching up at Cole and Kyra’s games. Thank you for including us in your family time.
    We will miss him dearly.
    Rest In Peace Swede!
    Chris, April, Maddie and Grace Thomes

  13. Our deepest sympathies to you Carol and your family. We were so blessed to know Swede for the short time we did here at Llano Grande. Swede always had a welcoming smile and greeting for everyone. Thinking of you during this time. Marvin and Diane Bather

  14. Dear Carol and family, I was so saddened to hear of Swede’s passing. Albert and I had so many good times with you in Llano Grande. The happy hours and dances were always a blast and I enjoyed our golf times when I knew he would be picking me up 10 minutes early! When I arrived in Texas in the fall, the first place I went to was yours. He will be greatly missed by all of you and his many friends. My prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time but I know you have many memorable family times to cherish.

  15. RIP Swede and enjoy golf in heaven. We enjoyed time at Turtle Lake and Seniors Golf. Always a twinkle in your eye.
    Chuck and Jo Holverson

  16. Carol and families – extending sympathy to you all. We had the chance to work with Swede at Baker Wholesale – and became good friends.
    Karen Carlsrud – Bob Erickson

  17. My condolences for you Carol and family in your loss. Swede was a fun man always giving me a bad time and laughs. Rest in peace Swede.

  18. Carol, so sorry to hear about Swede’s passing. We will miss him at Turtle Lake.

    Hail the Bison!

    Evie Soukup & family

  19. Our sympathy and prayers Carol and family. So sorry we will not be able to attend David’s service as we are in CA, but we will be online watching. Many, many years of memories with Dave and Carol, Kate and family. Love, Mary and Larry

  20. Carol and family,
    We were so saddened to learn of Swede’s passing. We enjoyed our time at Cormorant Lutheran Church with you and Swede. He was such a pleasant and kind man. May he rest in peace.
    Phyllis & Hans Hohle

  21. My deepest condolences to the entire Grindberg Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  22. So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad, Guy. My sympathies go out to you, your mom and Family through this difficult time. Sounds like he had a great life and was a great support to the grandkids, and a bit of a spunky personality based on his personality in the pic here. :o) Enjoy the family/friends time together.

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