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Allen Swenson, 102

Allen Edward Swenson, 102, of River Falls, Wis., passed away on Dec. 10, 2009.

Allen was born April 20, 1907, and raised by parents, Albert and Marie Swenson, on a farm near Martell. He married Ruth A. Griffey on Feb. 8, 1936. Allen worked in dairy manufacturing for 37 years. During retirement, Ruth and Allen enjoyed winters in Florida and summers in River Falls. In 2000, they moved back to an apartment in River Falls.

He was preceded in death by his 88 year old wife, Ruth, in 2001. He continued to live on his own until a year and a half ago. Allen was also preceded in death by his 100 year old sister, Myrtle Johnson, who passed away earlier this year, and a grandson, Robert Dawson.

He is survived by three children, Merrelyn Dawson of Springbrook, Wis., Sharon Swenson of Markdale, Ontario, Canada, and Steven Swenson of Phoenix, Ariz., and their families.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls with the Reverend Mark Hall officiating. Memorial visitation will also be Saturday from 9:30-11 a.m. before the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to Ezekiel Lutheran Church or donor's choice.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.