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Keneal Swenson, Jr. (-2010)


Posted By: Nevada Journal
Date: 7/2/2010 at 10:35:51

THE NEVADA JOURNAL, Nevada, Story County, Iowa, Thursday, July 1, 2010.

Keneal Swenson, Jr., 82, passed away on June 23, 2010 after a brief but valiant struggle with cancer. He was born in Nevada, Iowa, but had lived in Lubbock since 1962. He graduated from Nevada High School and served in the Navy for two years. In 1947 he began a career with Northrup King Seed Company which spanned nearly forty years. He was married on September 11, 1954 to Eva Brannaman, and they were married for 47 years until her death in 2001.

Neal was an avid sports fan and golfer who enjoyed his annual outing with the Mountain Men, supporting various Red Raider teams, and watching his beloved Cubs.

Service to others was always a part of Nealís life. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for most of his adult life and held several leadership positions within that organization. Tuesday mornings found him at the Information Desk of Covenant Lakeside Hospital, and he volunteered with Hospice of Lubbock for the past seven years. He also made time to act as a golf marshal at the Rawls Course two days a week. His concept of service also extended into his kitchen, where he frequently baked bread, muffins, cookies and kolaches to share with his neighbors and friends. He was an active member of Christ the King Cathedral for over 47 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eve, his parents Keneal, Sr. and Gertrude Ackerman Swenson and his sister Berneal McKim. He is survived by his five children and their spouses: Janeal Whitefield and Bill of Houston; Keneal Swenson III, Brad Swenson and Anita, all of Lubbock ; Leslie Weber and Brian of Milwaukee; and Patrice Streit and Scott of Montrose, CO.; His sister Maxine Cooper and husband Robert of Nevada, IA; His treasured grandchildren are Nickolas Whitefield and wife Laura, Patrice, Laura and Diana Whitefield; Jenks Currie and wife Erica; Keneal Swenson IV, Sarah and Darien Weber, Jonathan and Christian Streit. He has two great-grandchildren, Anne Kathryn and Garner Currie, and was anticipating the birth of a third to Nickolas and Laura Whitefield in late July.

A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Monday, June 28th at 2 p.m. in the Christ the King Cathedral in Lubbock, Tx with graveside services immediately following at Resthaven Cemetery. Donations may be made to organizations that were special to Neal: Hospice of Lubbock, Christ the King Cathedral Building Fund, or Special Olympics. To leave on-line condolences, please visit www.rixfd.com.


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