George Swart, 95, of Willmar, died Friday, February 28, 2014 at Bethesda Pleasantview in Willmar. His funeral will be 1:30 pm, Tuesday, March 4th at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. Burial will be in Cloverleaf Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Monday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. www.hafh.org
George was born on January 2, 1919, near Raymond, Minnesota, the son of John and Jennie (Flym) Swart. He grew up in Kandiyohi County and attended country schools. Following his schooling, George worked as a farmhand for area farmers. On January 2, 1940, he was united in marriage to Eva Mortensen. He continued to work as a farmhand before going to work for Central Dairy in 1946. George worked for Central Dairy for 21 years and then began working for Willmar Public Schools as custodian, retiring in 1980. Eva preceded George in death in 1978. On August 23, 1980, George was united in marriage to Irene Gabrielson at Calvary Lutheran Church in Willmar.
George enjoyed woodworking, playing pool, fishing and deer hunting but most of all, "he just enjoyed being with people and visiting." For many years, George and Irene wintered in Arizona and Texas, but mostly in Texas and he cherished the many trips they were able to take together. He was a devoted husband, caring for Eva and Irene through their illnesses. He was also a dedicated dad and grandpa. George always, always liked being with children and especially his grandchildren.
Surviving are his son, Gale (and Dianne) Swart; daughter-in-law, Joan Swart; five grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren. He also is survived by his siblings, Effie Christianson, Jennie Johnson and Henry (and Mona) Swart and step-children, Janice Thompson, Gaylon Gabrielson, Joyce (and Stan) Wax and Vickie (and Dan) Kuntz and their families; and his faithful friend, snowball.
Besides his wives, Eva and Irene, and parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Everett and siblings, Martha, John, Bill, Mike, Anton, Albert and in infancy, Martin.