Arthur Swenson

SwensonArthur Lloyd Swenson, 80, of Chatfield, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where he had resided for five and a half years. He died of complications of Lewey Body Dementia and other medical issues.

He was born May 16, 1932 in Luana, Iowa, to Lloyd Seward and Cora Ann (Leppert) Swenson. He attended school in rural Allamakee County, Iowa, and high school in Elkader, Iowa. Arthur served in the U.S. Army in Korea for two years, earning the rank of Corporal, and received other military honors. After his military services he was a farmer and worked at the Waukon, Iowa, Chick Hatchery. On Feb. 19, 1955, he married Neva Reinke at the United Church of Christ in New Albin, Iowa. In 1956 he was transferred to the Chatfield Chick Hatchery where he was manager until 1971. He also raised pullets and crop farmed, raising corn and soybeans.

Arthur was a member of, and an elder at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Chatfield. He also served on the Chatfield Fire Department for 21 years.

He enjoyed his family, friends, farming and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Neva; one son, Donald Swenson, Chatfield; one daughter, Nancy (Mark) Berry, Preston; two grandchildren, Mitchel (Brayonna) Berry, Chatfield, and Mara Berry, Preston; one great-grandchild, Paisley Jo Berry,  Chatfield; one sister, Ruth Schlitter,  Oelwein, Iowa, and many other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one brother, an infant daughter, and two brothers-in-law.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Chatfield, with the Rev. Timothy J. Gerarden officiating. Burial will be in the Chatfield Cemetery. Military honors will be performed by the Chatfield VFW Post #6913.Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is in charge of arrangements. 507-867-4310. Online condolences may be left at