In Memory of Dwain D. Swensen

Dwain D. Swensen
Dwain D. Swensen
Born: August 15, 1949
Died: July 7, 2024
Age: 74
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Dwain D. Swensen
August 15, 1949 - July 7, 2024
From: Kiron, IA

Dwain Donald Swensen, age 74, of Kiron, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2024, at the UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center of Sioux City, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 15, 2024 at the Kiron First Baptist Church of Kiron, Iowa. Pastor Wayne Stowers and Associate Pastor Billy Bergman will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Kiron Cemetery of Kiron, Iowa, with Military Rites conducted by the American Legion Post No. 0383 of Kiron, Iowa. 

A Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2024, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. 

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at


Dwain Swensen was born on August 15, 1949, at his home near Kirkman, Iowa, to Don and Gertrud (Tinzel) Swensen. He attended school mostly in the Kiron and Denison, Iowa, school systems and graduated with the Denison High School class of ’67. He attended Iowa State University obtaining a B.S. in Agricultural Business. 

He loved his crop farming. He was most excited during planting and harvesting and of course watching his crops grow. Besides farming, he had other jobs throughout the years. He worked at Smithfield Foods in Denison until 2010 in various capacities, the last being in the microbiology lab.  He drove a gravel truck and was a substitute mail carrier for a short time. He delivered highway products for Hawkeye Fabrication in Ida Grove, Iowa, until 2013. 

On August 6, 1977, Dwain married Joan Schmidt. They lived near Kiron all of their married life. They were happy to welcome two daughters, Jennifer and Jodie, into their family as well as two fine sons-in-law later in life. He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandpa, who was always encouraging in his quiet manner while at the same time instilling Christian values. 

Dwain was a man of strong faith in his Lord and Savior and strived to live his life accordingly.  At church he served as a deacon for many years. He was a member of the Gideons International organization which distributes Bibles locally and all over the world. He was also the treasurer for the Western Iowa Fellowship of Evangelicals.

Dwain was proud to serve his country in the Army National Guard for close to 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 383 in Kiron. He served on the Kiron Cemetery Board as well as the Stockholm Township Board.

He enjoyed collecting coins, guns, and had small scale John Deere tractors and implements on display.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years Joan Swensen of Kiron, IA; daughters Jennifer (Dan) Leusink of Orange City, IA and Jodie (Mark) Carsrud of Volga, SD; grandchildren Blake and Julianna Leusink, Aksel and Alden Carsrud; stepmother JoAnn Swensen of Bellevue, NE; brothers Stan (Kathleen) Swensen of Kiron, IA and Les (Rita) Swensen of Bellevue, NE; sister Debra Williams of LaVista, NE; brothers-in-law Arlo Schmidt of Arthur, IA and Alan (Kim) Schmidt of Arthur, IA; aunt Joy Whisinnand of CO; many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Roger; and grandparents.




10:30 a.m.
Monday, July 15, 2024
Kiron First Baptist Church
Kiron, Iowa


Pastor Wayne Stowers
Associate Pastor Billy Bergman


John Gustafson
Arlan Ecklund
Dennis Lindskoog
John Larson
Bob Paulsrud
Fred Coltrain


2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 14, 2024
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


"When We All Get To Heaven"
"To God Be The Glory"

Ben Schauer, Musician
Arlan Ecklund, Song Leader


Kiron Cemetery
Kiron, Iowa