Saturday, December 5, 2020



May 29, 1937—October 21, 2020

   ONTARIO - Kenneth LeRoy Swenson, 83, of Ontario, WI, passed away at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta, WI, Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

   Ken was born May 29, 1937, to Arby and Cornelia (Bjornstad) Swenson, in Christiana Township, WI. He grew up on a farm and continued farming until he was 33. He then went to work for the Wisconsin State Patrol for many years. For several years Ken worked as food service worker at Ft. McCoy where he later retired. Ken had an appreciation for antiques and a good eye for finding them. He was an antique dealer out of his basement for many years.

   Ken is survived by his daughter, Debbra (special friend, Greg Stedman) Grossheim of Ontario, WI; two grandchildren, Brittany (Kyle) Gerke of Tomah, WI, and Brandon (Caleigh) Grossheim of Ontario, WI; great- grandchildren, Kayden and Maverick Lechner, Brystol Grossheim, Zane Gerke and Gabbi Cummings; sisters, Lila Anderson of Janesville, WI, and Stella “Tootsie” (Chuck) Forrester of TN; Debbra’s mom, Anna Swenson of Mauston, WI; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

   Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Arby and Corneilia; a son-in-law, Peter Grossheim; sisters, Minerva Sletten, Arlene (Joseph) Von Ruden and Dorothy (Edward) Kast; brothers, Harland (Joyce) Swenson and Charles Swenson; one infant brother; and a brother-in-law, David Anderson.

   Funeral Services will be held Saturday, October 24, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Cashton, WI. Burial will follow in the Brush Creek Cemetery, rural Ontario, WI. Pastor Amanda Schultz Garcia will officiate. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

   We strongly encourage masks and will be enforcing social distancing, out of respect and care for our families and the community.

   Online condolences may be offered at

Torkelson Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

Office Number: (608) 269-3186
Fax Number: (608) 269-6876


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