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Thomas Swenson

Thomas V. Swenson age 50, of St. Louis Park formerly of Atwater, died unexpectedly Monday evening, October 10, at his home in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
Memorial service will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, October 15, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Atwater. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Peterson Brothers Atwater Funeral Home in Atwater, Minnesota.
Thomas Vinton Swenson was born on November 13, 1965 in Willmar, Minnesota the son of Donald M. and Blanche M. (Calvin) Swenson. He grew up and received his education in Atwater, graduating from Atwater High School in 1984. Tom continued his education at St. Cloud State, Willmar Community College and completed his BS degree at the University of Minnesota. He has lived and worked in the Twin Cities since his graduation and for the last 20 years he was employed at the Alternative Business Furniture Company. Tom was an avid Minnesota sports fan and a great supporter of his nephews in all their activities. His family and his family at work were very important to him.
He is survived by his mother Blanche Swenson of Atwater and two sisters; Brenda (and Jim) Landes of Burnsville and Deirdre (and Allan) Burgess of Hastings. Also surviving are four nephews; Marc (and Erin) Landes of Richfield, Cory Landes of Burnsville, Jerad Burgess of Edmond, OK and Kyle Burgess of Sartell, one great nephew Keagan Burgess of Edmond , OK and his A.B.F. family, besides other relatives and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his father Donald Swenson, his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.


OCT 15. 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Immanuel Lutheran Church

300 3rd Street South

Atwater, MN, US, 56209

Celebration of Life

OCT 15. 02:00 PM

Immanuel Lutheran Church

300 3rd Street South

Atwater, MN, US, 56209

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Tommy was unique individual with a heart of gold. I've got many funny stories about working with him. My favorite was when he was wrapping up a cart of product to deliver and his belt broke. His pants fell to his ankles but he shuffling around the cart, wrapping until he was done. Then he pulled his pants up, grinned and looked for a piece of rope to hold his pants up the rest of the day! He was a brother to everyone here, me included.He also loved going to fellow employees kids' events.Tim Koehn

Tim Koehn - October 12, 2016 at 12:15 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I have all good and kind memories of Tom. He could make me laugh and be goofy, but also was a caring and kind soul. My fondest memories are just time spent together with Tom and good friends. He will always be remembered as a very caring man, with a very big heart!Sarah Tobiason

Sarah Tobiason - October 12, 2016 at 01:24 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Sarah Aamot lit a candle in memory of Thomas Vinton Swenson

Sarah Aamot - October 12, 2016 at 01:49 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My heart breaks for Tom, his mother and sisters, and his nieces and nephews whom he loved so, so much. I am so sorry for your loss! Tom was an exceptional man. We met more than thirty years ago in the Willmar Community College choir--my life was changed because of Tom and all the others I became friends with then. Changed for the better! There was no person sweeter than Tom. I remember when we were dating that we talked several times about how hard it was for him to lose his dad at such a young age--now we're all feeling the same way about Tom! I never expected the next time I would see you would be this way, Tom. I'm so sorry, my dear friend! "Go rest high on that mountain, son your work on earth is done! Go to heaven a shoutin' love for the Father and the Son!" You will be greatly, greatly missed!!

Sarah Aamot - October 12, 2016 at 02:07 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Tommy was one of my favorite neighbor's growing up he was like a big brother to me. He was always very kind and thoughtful. This breaks my heart! My thoughts and prayers are with all Tommy's family and friends.Sally Bisson Martin

Sally Martin - October 12, 2016 at 07:00 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Donna, Billy, Sally and Sara (Bisson) purchased the Peace, Prayers & Blessings - Blue and White for the family of Thomas Vinton Swenson.

Donna, Billy, Sally and Sara (Bisson) - October 12, 2016 at 08:10 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Blanche - So sorry to hear this - my DEEPEST SYMPATHY during your time of loss.

Kathy (Anderson) Nelson - October 13, 2016 at 07:25 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I knew Tommy for many years, we worked together even before he was at ABF. He was a sweetheart from the start. After working together for well over a year, Tommy came into my office and laid down a playbill from my senior year in high school, he said- I knew I knew you from somewhere before here! We laughed for many years about that- we both loved musical theater, and he was a good friend. Tom beat to his own drum and that was what I loved about him. He had a heart of gold, would do anything for his friends, and was very compassionate. I will miss him and my heart goes out to his family. Peace to you all. Amy Bursey (Nunnelee)

Amy Bursey - October 13, 2016 at 06:20 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Tom was a wonderful and kindhearted neighbor to us in our homeowner's association. He will be missed!

Shamrock 2nd HOA - October 13, 2016 at 08:46 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Plants-A-Plenty was purchased for the family of Thomas Vinton Swenson.

October 13, 2016 at 09:41 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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