Allen Swenson of Rosewood, MN peacefully passed away on April 28, 2021, at Karlstad Senior Living in Karlstad, MN.
A service to celebrate Allen’s life will be held on May 8, 2021, at 2:00 PM at the Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with Pastor Jim Robberstad officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery in the Ringbo Community, rural Holt, MN.
Allen Dale Swenson was born April 4, 1943, in the Holt, MN area, the son of Arthur and Myrtle (King) Swenson. Arthur married Elizabeth Copeland in 1975 after Myrtle’s passing in 1970. Allen attended Rosebank School in Rosewood and Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, MN.
On August 24, 1963, Allen was united in marriage to Marlys Rae Gauthier at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Red Lake Falls, MN. They resided in Red Lake Falls and had two boys before Marlys’s death in September 1965 from Guillain-Barré Syndrome. In 1967, he married Shirley Joppru, and together they had a daughter. They divorced in 1974. Allen lived in Red Lake Falls from 1963 to 1985 and then moved to Newfolden, MN. In 1994, he moved back to his childhood home in Rosewood. He married Randy Kostrzewski in 2001 and they lived in Rosewood until her death in August 2017. Allen then moved to Karlstad Senior Living in Karlstad, MN.
Before his retirement in 2005, Allen worked a variety of jobs throughout the community and surrounding area; including Detroiter Mobile Homes (now Homark Homes), the rendering plant, Thibert’s Chevrolet & Buick, Tri-Valley, and Forsbergs.
He loved music with his favorite artist being Buddy Holly. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing in his band, The Torques, for 25 years. He also enjoyed working on cars, gardening and was a great cook and baker.
Allen is survived by his children Kevin (Shannon) Swenson of Clearfield, UT, Michael (Karen) Johnson of Roseau, MN, Kimberly (Wayne) Swenson-Wood of Hinsdale, MA: grandchildren Christopher (Sarah) Swenson, Alyssa (Christopher) Moehring, Victoria Beitz-Swenson, Samuel (Taimie) Beitz, Justin (Gail) Johnson, Amy Foss, Andrea Foss, Kellen Foss, and Emma Wood, Great-grandchildren Nolan, Griffin, and Marlys: Brother Billy (Angie) Copeland; sisters Carolyn (Rodney) Grandstrand and Marion (Glenn) Halvorson; brother-in-law Floyd Erickson.
He is preceded in death by his wives Marlys and Randy; sisters Virginia McGlynn and Arlene Erickson; brothers Darrel Swenson, Gene Copeland, and Leland Copeland; and his parents.
The family would like to thank Lutheran Social Services and the administration and care staff at Karlstad Senior Living for their support and kindness over the last three years.