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Donald T. Swenstad Aug. 24, 1927 - Feb. 17, 2009

GLENWOOD -- Donald Theodore Swenstad, 81, of Glenwood, died Feb. 17 at the Glenwood Retirement Village.

The service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the All Saints Chapel in Glenwood Retirement Village.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in the Grove Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Glenwood.

He was born Aug. 24, 1927, to Theodore and Dena (Pederson) Swenstad in Langhei Township, Pope County. He grew up on a farm and attended country school near Starbuck. He was employed as a hired hand for various local farmers, worked for the Cyrus Creamery and drove a milk truck before he purchased his own milk truck and began hauling milk to Paynesville.

In September 1961, he married Vivetta (Nissen) Jackson in South Dakota. They moved to the Twin Cities and he worked as a mechanic for Twin City Rapid Transit. They moved back to Glenwood in 1966 and managed the Hilltop Supper Club for a year before moving briefly to Arizona. They moved back to Glenwood and he worked for the highway department, building the freeway between Osakis and Alexandria. In 1970, he started working for the Pope County Highway Department and continued to work there for the next 20 years, retiring in 1990. He was an active volunteer for the Glenwood Senior Citizen Center and delivered meals on wheels.

He is survived by his stepchildren: Ralph (and Marlys) Yost of Annandale, Margaret (and Eldon) Torkelson of Grove Lake and John (and Jo) Jackson of Nutrioso, Ariz.; stepdaughter-in-law: Lynette (and Orlan) Sandro of Hendricks; 19 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren; brothers: Walter Swenstad of New Brighton and Leonard Swenstad of California; and special friend: Margaret Laumeyer of Villard.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2003; two stepsons: Dale Yost and Jim Jackson; and one brother.