April 8, 1925 ~ December 2, 2013
John Edward Swensen, age 78, of Fargo ND passed away peacefully December 2, 2013 surrounded by family at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo.
John was born April 8, 1935 in Chicago, IL to Edward and Margaret (Henum) Swensen. He graduated high school from North Park Academy (Chicago) in 1953, St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) in 1957, and Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) in 1961. On April 11, 1959, John married Peggy Kathleen O’Neil in Rochester, MN. Together, they served Lutheran Churches 1961-1999 in Highmore, SD, Williston, ND, Bottineau, ND and Wausau, WI before retiring in 1999 to “Palm Springs of the North,”…Fargo! He enjoyed serving interim/part-time positions at NDSU Lutheran Campus Ministry, Maple-Sheyenne Lutheran Church, and Olivet Lutheran Church (Fargo) as well as providing pulpit supply to many other area churches.
John was devoted intensely to his life-long passions of family, faith, grace, Scouting, camping, young people, and adventure. He was one of the youngest Eagle Scouts in Chicago at the age of 13. We will miss his sense of humor and actions of grace.
John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy Swensen, Fargo; his children, Steve Swensen (Kris), Denver, CO; Rebecca Pehling (Doug) , Lake Havasu City, AZ; and Maren Kramer (Rich), Fargo, ND; 8 grandchildren, Zach (Meagan), Denver, Kelli, Boston, Andria (Thomas), Chandler, Monica, Denver, Ben, Bullhead City, Jordan (Anthony), Bethesda, Josh and Ben of Fargo; brother-in-law, Robert (Sharon) O’Neil, Stillwater, MN; cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given to the Olivet Lutheran Church Building Fund or a favorite charity.