Arthur Lloyd Swenson, 80, of Chatfield, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where he had resided for 5-1/2 years. He died of complication of Lewey Body Dementia and other medical issues.

Arthur Lloyd Swenson 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. He 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.

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

He enjoyed his family, friends, farming and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Neva; one son, Donald of Chatfield; one daughter, Nancy (Mark) Berry of Preston; two grandchildren, Mitchel (Brayonna) Berry of Chatfield, and Mara Berry of Preston; one great-grandchild, Paisley Jo Berry of Chatfield; one sister, Ruth Schlitter of 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.

The funeral service was held Thursday, March 21, at the Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Chatfield, with the Rev. Timothy J. Gerarden officiating. Burial was in the Chatfield Cemetery. Military honors were performed by the Chatfield VFW Post #6913.

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Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield assisted the family with arrangements.