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Harold Swezey

Harold Swezey April 7, 1921 - Nov. 24, 2013

OLIVIA - Harold Otto Swezey was born April 7, 1921, in Malta Township in Big Stone County, Minnesota, the sixth of seven children born to Earl and Sarah (Johnson) Swezey. He was baptized and confirmed at Elim Lutheran Church in Clinton, Minnesota. Harold grew up on the Swezey family farm near Clinton and attended rural school in Big Stone County.

On June 7, 1959, Harold was united in marriage to Ruth Musil at Osceola United Methodist Church in Osceola Township in Renville County. In March of 1960, Harold and Ruth made their home on the Musil family farm in Osceola Township where they raised their children, Judy and Robert. Harold farmed the ground until 1984 when he handed it over to son Bob. He continued to help on the farm, and considered himself to be semi-retired.

Before moving to Hector Harold was employed at a grocery store and a hardware store in Clinton. He purchased a school bus that he drove for 15 years. Farming was his main focus and his favorite activity. He was a member of the Osceola United Methodist Church of Hope and served as the financial secretary. When the church closed, Harold and Ruth transferred their membership to St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Hector.

Harold enjoyed watching birds, especially hummingbirds and woodpeckers. He rarely missed his childrens sporting and music activities, and loved playing board games, especially Dominoes, Trouble, Checkers, and Candyland. He always enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree. Harold loved apple pie and homemade bread. He enjoyed having coffee at Petes Grill. He loved visiting with anyone who had time and was known for his ready smile.

Harold lived on the farm until last March when he entered the Golden Living Center in Olivia. The last five days of his life were spent in the Renville County Hospital, where he died on Sunday evening, November 24, 2013. He had reached the age of 92 years, 7 months, 17 days. Blessed be his memory.

Harold is survived by his wife, Ruth Swezey, of Hector; Daughter Judy Patterson and her husband Clint of Kasson;

Son Robert Swezey and his wife Lori of Hector; Step-Grandchildren: Sarah Zuk, Angela (Veth) Patterson-LaBaw, and Aaron (Amy) Patterson; Sister-in-law LuVerne Swezey of Ortonville; Nieces, Nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Sarah (Johnson) Swezey; Brothers and Sisters-in-law: Leonard (Ione), Edgar (Elizabeth), Erwin (Emma), Emil, and Lawrence (Frances) Swezey; Sister and Brother-in-law Myrtle (Verbal) VanderVenter; Niece Amy Thornton; and Father-in-Law and Mother-in-law George and Dina Musil

Arrangements with Hughes-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hector. Online Guestbook is available at Please click on Obituaries / Guestbook.