Swanie G. Franzen
December 06, 1932 - August 14, 2009
Birthplace: Red Oak, Iowa
Resided In: Red Oak, Iowa

Visitation 8/16/2009
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 8/17/2009
Mamrelund Lutheran Church
Burial 8/17/2009
Evergreen Cemetery

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Swanie G. Franzen, age 76, of Red Oak, Iowa formerly Stanton, Iowa, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 14, 2009 at his residence. Swanie Gustaf Franzen was born December 6, 1932 in Red Oak, Iowa the son of Erick and Mary (Rossander) Franzen. He was raised in Montgomery County and graduated from Stennett High School. He served in the United States Air Force from 1952 until 1956. On December 19, 1954 he was united in marriage to Lois Hartman at St. Johns Church near Lyman, Iowa. They lived in Chicago for a year while Swanie was in the Air Force and then moved to Stanton, Iowa where they started farming. In 1964 they moved to the farm where they would live until 2005 when they moved into Red Oak. During the time Swanie farmed, he also sold seed for Trojan Seed Company starting in 1971 and retiring in 1997 with Ag Venture Company. Swanie also drove a school bus for Stanton Schools for 8 years. Swanie was a longtime member of the Mamrelund Lutheran Church, enjoyed growing flowers, playing cards, and watching western movies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law: Margrette and Louis Hartman; brothers-in-law: Andy Chapman and Clair Coughlin; sister-in-law: Rosie Franzen; and a nephew: Scott Hartman. Survivors include his wife: Lois Franzen of Red Oak, Iowa; children: Cindy Hallquist and husband Kevin of Stanton, Iowa; Doug Franzen and wife Kathy of Stanton, Iowa; Carolyn Bashaw and husband Tom of Villisca, Iowa; Karen Crouse and husband Dan of Red Oak, Iowa; and Julie Stanley and husband Jim of Red Oak, Iowa; grandchildren: Nichole Hallquist of LaVista, Nebraska; Erin Hallquist of Ames, Iowa; Michael Case and wife Sarah of Williamsburg, Virginia; Christina Case of Duluth, Georgia; Derek Ambrose of Memphis, Missouri; Megan Bashaw of Napierville, Illinois; Brittany Bashaw of Red Oak, Iowa; Josh Bashaw of Villisca, Iowa; SueAnn Crouse, Michael Crouse, and Nicholas Crouse all of Red Oak, Iowa; and William and Adenia Stanley both of Red Oak, Iowa; sister: Mary Anna Chapman of Red Oak, Iowa; brother: Bernie Franzen and friend Nettie of Forest City, Missouri; sisters-in-law: Mary Coughlin of Elliott, Iowa and Ardell McCunn and husband Don of Massena; brother-in-law: Alan Hartman and wife Judy of Cumberland, Iowa; many nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2 PM Monday, August 17, 2009 at the Mamrelund Lutheran Church in Stanton, Iowa with Rev. Dr. Eric Kutzli officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Red Oak. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 PM Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel in Red Oak. Memorials are suggested to the Mamrelund Lutheran Church or the Diabetes Association.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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