Marvin Swanson, age 85, of Fargo, ND died on June 29, 2016 at Villa Maria Nursing Home, with his daughter and son-in-law by his side, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Marvin Duane Swanson was born on April 23, 1931 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, the son of Carl and Elline (Aanenson) Swanson. He attended school at Jefferson Elementary, Agassiz and graduated from Fargo Central High in 1950. Marvin attended Dakota Business College night school, under the GI Bill from 1955 to 1957. He served in the United States Marine Corps from October of 1951 until October of 1954 aboard the USS St. Paul during the Korean Conflict. He also served four years in the Naval Reserve. Marvin was united in marriage to Corrine Sylvia Ellingson on August 26, 1956 and they resided at 1801 17th Street South in Fargo for over 50 years. During his high school years he worked at the Town and State Theaters in downtown Fargo. Early in 1951 he began work at the Red Owl Warehouse and continued to work there until his retirement in 1989. His continuous service to Red Owl was only interrupted by his three year service in the United States Marine Corp. Marvin was a member of Olivet Lutheran Church for over 50 years. Marvin was an avid hunter and fisherman. He especially enjoyed his fall camping and hunting on the Dahlen farm in the Sandhills south of Leonard and his yearly fishing trips to Canada with friends. Marvin is survived by his wife, Corrine of Fargo; his daughter, Debra Kay (Curt) Leslie of Kindred, ND; his grandchildren, Nathan (Ashley) Leslie and Allison (Mike) Molstre; and his great-grandchildren, Aiden Leslie and Silas Molstre; Also surviving are his brother, Deon Swanson; his sister, June Fernandez; his nephews and nieces, Jeff Swanson, David Fernandez, Jim Fernandez, Cathy Hanson, and Barbara Galt. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his nephews, Craig Swanson and Steve Fernandez. Memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or to the Alzheimer’s Association. FUNERAL SERVICE: 3 PM Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Olivet Lutheran Church in Fargo VISITATION: one hour prior to the service in the church on Tuesday BURIAL: Riverside Cemetery in Fargo

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  1. Debbie,
    Sorry to read about your dads passing. Lotza good memories on 17th st.Nice to have your daughter keep your family home. my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Take Care Debbie and Ill see you when Im out walking.
    Sincerely, Marlene (Daul) Beck

  2. Deb and Family
    Your Dad was such a great guy! So loved visiting with him. He always had a smile on his face! Our thoughts and love are with you

  3. Thoughts and prayers are with you Deb and the family in the loss of your Dad. Miss seeing him several times a day when he went to see your Mom. Always joked about his morning jog. It was good to see him when he came to see your Mom a couple of weeks ago. He is now at peace.

  4. Deb and family you are in my prayers. Deb I am sending hugs to you. Marvin was one of the nicest men I have ever cared for in my career. I didn’t know Marvin for long he made a strong impression in my heart. No more suffering Marvin I will miss you, RIP.

  5. Curt and Deb, We are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We know how heartbreaking it is and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May knowing that others care be of some comfort to you. WISH WE WERE CLOSER SO WE COULD GIVE YOU A HUG! Our love to you and your family.

  6. I remember Marvin as a good student, and always had a smile. I was one of his teachers at Dakota Business College. Nearly all the students attending DBC night school were veterans, including myself. A great class, most are forgotten, but Marvin I remember, as a friend.

    Leslie Johnson

  7. Uncle Marvin was one of the Kindest, Gentle souls and I am very fortunate that he was my uncle whom will Forever Live in all Our Hearts!
    Bless you Uncle Marvin!!

  8. Dear Debbie and family,
    Marv and my dad were best friends for over 60 years, so your dad seemed like a part of our family. I have lots of memories of projects the two of them dreamed up. To me as a kid, it seemed like there was nothing they couldn’t do if they set their minds to it. On the photo wall in my dad’s “man cave”, there are as many photos of them as there are of us. He will always be missed, but we will continue to hear the stories, and we will smile that they had such a great and long lasting friendship. My condolences.

  9. I am deeply sorry for your family’s loss, but celebrate the life of a wonderful man. I will forever remember the light and energy that surrounded him and embraced all those who knew him. For Marv, laughter was life’s sweetest creation, each moment precious and each day an adventure, as he truly lived in the present spreading humor and love.

    A beautiful life, a lasting legacy.

    Peace and Love,
    Susan Kellogg

  10. We were so sorry to read about your Dad’s passing, Deb, and just want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Peace to you.
    Karen & Kevin

  11. My deepest condolences to Marvins wife children and others who will miss him. It is hard to loose a loved one for we were made with the desire to live forever. In the near future God promises that our “last enemy death is to be brought to nothing” 1 Cor 15:26. When that day come we will be reunited with our loved ones like Marvin and will not have to worry no more. Till then hold on to the wonderful memeories with Marvin and seek God for comfort, he will not abandon you.

  12. Deb- My sincerest condolences in the loss of your Father. I saw him almost everyday when I was at Villa Maria visiting my Dad, he had a smile for all. May God wrap his loving arms around you and help bring you comfort.

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