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Henry Swiggum, 95

Henry J. Swiggum, age 95, of Zumbrota, formerly of Wanamingo, died of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm on Monday, Oct. 7, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Dale Lutheran Church, with Pastor Heather Culuris officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Mahn Family Funeral Home -Larson Chapel in Zumbrota and on Saturday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Henry Jerome Swiggum was born on March 17, 1918, in Wanamingo Township, Goodhue County, Minn., to Andrew and Martha (nee Koppang) Sviggum. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school. He started farming with his parents. On July 23, 1949, he married Verniel Lother in Red Wing. They continued to farm and over the years farmed in Cherry Grove, Leon and Wanamingo Townships. In 1981, Henry switched farms with his son Harvey, who took over the milking operations. Henry continued to have livestock on his farm. Henry and Verniel moved into Zumbrota for six years before building a new home in the Hader area. They returned to Zumbrota several years ago. Henry loved to farm and was known as a very progressive farmer. Henry also enjoyed attending Livestock Auctions, driving around looking at the crops, playing cards and checkers, staying up on current affairs via the newspaper and network news shows, playing with animals, especially dogs and spending time with his family and friends.

Henry is survived by his wife, Verniel; children, Harvey (Pat) Swiggum of Wanamingo, Marvin Swiggum of El Paso, Texas, and Sue (Pat Trevis) Swiggum of Zumbrota; step-son, Robert (Millie) Koenig of Mesa, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott) McCutcheon, Jacob Swiggum, Katie Swiggum, Leah Tucker, Christie (Ryan Pierce) Swiggum, Carrie (Tom) Swiggum-Holliston, Andrew Swiggum and Eric Swiggum; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are his grandchildren.

Memorials preferred to Dale Lutheran Church

Henry was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Kenneth, Peder and Alfred.