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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
George Bruce Swenson
February 22, 1928 - December 2, 2019

Place of Birth: Audubon, MN
Residence: Sidney, MT
Age: 91

George, the second child of Oscar and Iva (Sando) Swenson, was born on February 22, 1928 in Audubon, MN. The Swanson family moved to Sidney, MT in the summer of 1935.
George began his tenure in the Sidney area as he entered the second grade at Sidney Public Schools. He signed up for his social security card in 1937 when he started setting pins at the Sidney Bowling Center at the age of 9. His recollection of one of his first business ventures, was borrowing $25 from the Richland County Cooperators Credit Union at a young age to buy a used bicycle with a 25 cents per week repayment schedule, which was paid off by pedaling a Billings Gazette paper route. George graduated high school in 1946 and enrolled in the School of Engineering at Montana State University that fall. He returned to Sidney and married Doris Obergfell on September 20, 1947.
George started at Holly Sugar in 1947 where he spent most of his years in the accounting department. While at Holly he completed a home study course in accounting through LaSalle University. In 1962, George became the business manager for the Eastern Montana Clinic and the local representative for Blue Shield of Montana. During this time period he played second base for the Sidney baseball team in the summertime, and officiated basketball throughout the area in the wintertime. In 1965, he and his brother Oscar “Doc” started Swenson’s Marine, a boat, sport and travel business. George bought an interest in the operating part of Richland Machinery Company in 1969, and started Action Auto Inc., a retail Chrysler, New Holland, and Versatile dealership that he operated until 1985. He continued as the local representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana until his retirement in 2004 at age 76.
George always enjoyed building, whether for himself or his community. Over the years he remodeled, added onto and built several homes and investment properties in the Sidney area. He was on the city council when the new city hall was built, and the new sewer main line was rerouted and installed. He was a member of the building committee when the new People’s Congregational Church was built, and on the board of director’s during the building of Crestwood Inn. George enjoyed being a part of his community and belonged to numerous service organizations including Richland Economic Development, SHC Clinic Board, Kiwanis, Masons, Shriners, Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge and Toastmasters. He was always willing to lend a hand.
He is survived by his wife Doris, Sidney, MT, daughters Jeri (Rick) Stone, Sidney, MT, Blinda (Erik) Larsen, Sidney, MT, grandsons Mike (Shannon) Stone, Highlands Ranch, CO, Chris Stone, Mendota Heights, MN, Bruce (Heather) Larsen, Houston, TX, Pete (Melissa) Larsen, Katy, TX, great-grandchildren Connor, Alex, Ashlyn, and Jaclyn Stone, Nate, Zach, Sidney, Jenna, and Taylor Larsen, sister Joan Kringen, St Cloud MN, sisters-in-law Joann Swenson, Kalispell, MT, Nancy Obergfell, Sidney, MT, Peggy Zadow, Sidney, MT, brother-in-law Roy Zadow, Sidney, MT and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Iva Swenson, his brothers Marvin and Oscar “Doc” Swenson, sisters-in-law Dorothy Swenson and Shirley Obergfell, brothers-in-law Truman Kringen, Gussie and Jerry Obergfell, and Doris’ parents John and Beulah Obergfell.
A special thank you to the staff of Angel Avenue for their loving care and support given George and his family. Memorials may be given to Angel Avenue at Extended Care, Richland County Food Bank, or People’s Congregational Church UCC.

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Alida Dore (Sidney, MT)
Dec 2, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of George passing away. I always enjoyed visiting with him and our picnics at Newlon Cemetery cleanup time. He will be missed. Prayers for your family.
Alida Dore
Tami Maltese
Dec 3, 2019
George was one of the nicest men. He would always take time to visit. George did so much for Sidney and he was an excellent business man. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Sheila Anderson (Gulfport, Mississippi)
Dec 3, 2019
To all of George’s family...I’m so very sorry for your loss! I have a lot of good memories of George that I will treasure. I pray for peace and comfort for all of you during this difficult time.
Sheila Anderson
Neil Goss
Dec 9, 2019
So sorry to hear of George's passing. He was one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.
Dick and Kathy Zoanni (Billings, Montana)
Dec 9, 2019
Sorry to hear of George's passing. He was a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Alice Rasmussen (Sidney, Montana)
Dec 12, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jewel Paschke (Bernalillo, NM)
Dec 15, 2019
Dear Family and Friends of George! My sincere condolences for your loss. Cousin George was a kind and generous soul. A fine and sincere man, he always had a good word to all. Cousin George was a beloved presence at all family gatherings. I remember esp Christmas Eve and Auntie Iva's klubb feasts. He was so kind to us younger cousins, even then. Those of us lucky enough to have known and loved him will not forget him. Mom was esp happy when she helped out at the dealership. I will always be grateful for his kindness to me as a newly wed.
Love and blessings to all.
Cousin Jewel
Suzan (Cresap) Simmons (Ponca City, OK)
Dec 17, 2019
I was sorry to see the loss of George. Fond memories while growing up as he was one of the "cool dads". My condolences to the family.
Jeans armstrong (Glendo, Wyoming)
Feb 13, 2020
Blinda, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was quite a man. He will br truly missed by all. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
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