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SVENDSEN, Bruce A. (1945-2015)


Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 1/30/2021 at 13:45:58

Bruce A. Svendsen
(October 16, 1945 - October 13, 2015)

IDA GROVE – Services for Bruce A. Svendsen, 69, of Ida Grove were held Saturday, Oct 17th at 10:30 a,m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek with Rev. Kevin J. Freese officiating. Burial followed in the Ida Grove Cemetery in Ida Grove. Visitation was with the family present at Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove, in charge of arrangements.
Bruce Alan Svendsen was born on October 16, 1945, in Battle Creek, Iowa, to Thorwald and Mildred (Eriksen) Svendsen. Bruce grew up on a farm south of Battle Creek, attended Battle Creek school and graduated with the class of 1964. He went on to Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota gaining an associate’s degree in carpentry. Bruce moved back to Ida Grove, Iowa and was employed by Gene Fick Construction for six years before branching out on his own. He was united into marriage to Catherine Sands and to this union two children were born: Catherine “Kit” and Curtis. The couple later parted ways.
Bruce was united into marriage to Jan (Sholty) Dickherber on May 23, 1982, at the United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa, and welcomed Jan’s two sons: Kevin and Travis. Bruce owned and operated Bruce Svendsen Construction for 43 years. He will be remembered for his hardworking attitude and sharp eye for detail. He died Oct. 13 at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Jan Svendsen of Ida Grove, Iowa; children, Catherine “Kit” Svendsen and special friend Dave Sweeden of Ida Grove, Iowa; Curtis (Stacy) Svendsen of Sioux City, Iowa; Kevin (Christina) Dickherber of St. Louis, Missouri; Travis (Tara) Dickherber of Hampton, Georgia; brother James “Jim” Svendsen of Manila, Philippines.
Sources: Ida County Courier, Ida Grove, Iowa, Thurs., Oct 15, 2015 and Christensen-VanHouten Funeral Services, Ida Grove, Iowa at http://www.christensenvanhouten.com/


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