BLOOMINGTON - Kenneth Erling Swenson, 83, of 2908 Northland Lane, Marinette, Wis., passed away the evening of June 5, 2007, at his home. He was born April 26, 1924, in Northport, Mich., to Albin and Marie Anderson Swenson, spending his early years in that area.
He attended Wayne State University before entering the U.S. Army during World War II. A decorated soldier, he served in the South Pacific and in the Okinawa campaign. Returning from the service, he married the former Thea Jean Kraus in 1946 at Central Lutheran Church in Menominee, Mich.
Ken and Jean briefly lived in Chicago before moving to lower Michigan where Ken worked as an engineer for General Telephone Co. in Muskegon. They resided in nearby Shelby, Mich., for 15 years until company assignments took them to Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois. Ken retired from General Telephone at age 55 to become manager of a Credit Union Service Center in Bloomington, providing management services to numerous credit unions in that area. During those years he was a member and president of credit union associations in Illinois.
Since the 1960s, Ken and Jean maintained a summer cottage in the Marinette-Menominee area and sailed out of this port. They permanently moved to Marinette 11 years ago when they purchased a Northland home. Active in the community, Ken served several terms on the Marinette County Board of Supervisors.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Marinette; the Sons of Norway; the American Legion; and the Masonic Lodge.
Ken is survived by his wife, Thea Jean; four daughters, Ruth Ann (John) Thomas, Lexington; Barbara Jean (Ronald) Poellein, Boonville, Ind.; Julie Lynn (Don) Ottom, Marinette; and Karn Swenson (Jim) McComb, Denver, Colo.; five grandsons, Aaron Ehrhart, Kyle Thomas, Todd Poellein, Erik Poellein and Nicholas Ramirez; and three great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at 1 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, Marinette, Wis. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the church with the Rev. Keith A. Kolstad officiating.
If desired, memorial contributions in Ken's name are suggested for Zion Lutheran Church.
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette, Wis., is assisting the family. www.hansenonionmartell.com