Lloyd Verdayne Swenson, 86, of Austin, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at St. Mark's Lutheran Home in Austin.

He was born May 15, 1925, in Houston County to Arvid and Dorothy (Findreng) Swenson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Stone Church and attended schools in Fillmore and Houston counties, graduating from Houston High School in 1943.

After enlisting in the U.S. Navy and serving for three years, he attended St. Olaf College, graduating in 1950.

On April 9, 1955, Lloyd and Ramona Palmer were united in marriage at Bear Creek Lutheran Church near Grand Meadow.

Lloyd spent his life as an educator, teaching math and driver education at Canton, Blooming Prairie and Austin high schools.

Since his retirement in 1984, he has served as a member of the Minnesota State Board of Education, St. Mark's Lutheran Home Board, Good Earth Village Board, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, Izaak Walton League, Retired Educators (AAREA, SEREAM, REAM) and the American Legion Honor Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Ramona of Austin; three sons and daughters-in-law, Lee (Barbara) Swenson of Maplewood, David (Kara) Swenson of Boone, Iowa, and Scott (Kris) Swenson of St. Paul; six grandchildren, Kyrsten, Kyle, Austin, Luke, Cameron and Parker Swenson; brothers and sisters-in-law, John Swenson of Newport, Wash., Alma Swenson of Spring Grove, and Annette Swenson of Woodstock, NB, Canada; brothers-in-law, Norman (Patricia) Palmer of Rochester, Curtis (Patricia) Palmer of Happy Jack, Ariz., and Leslie (Anne) Palmer of Tucson, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Dorothy Ann Swenson, and three brothers, Amos, Donald and Ellwood Swenson.

A memorial service was April 9 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Austin with the Rev. Glenn Monson officiating. Military honors were by American Legion Post #91. Interment will be at a later date in Grandview Cemetery in Austin.

The Worlein Funeral Home of Austin assisted the family with arrangements and online condolences may be left at www.worlein.com.