In Memory of Steve Swenson
Steven Swenson
(March 31, 1979 - April 1, 2006)

Steven Swenson, Waukee, IA passed away suddenly while participating in a fund raising program at Schaller-Crestlands High School in Iowa.
Steven was born March 31, 1979 at Sioux Falls, SD. He attended school in Sergeant Bluff, IA and Carroll, IA where he graduated from high school. Following high school, he attended college at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree. He was currently employed as a training development instructor with Allied Insurance Company in Des Moines, IA.

For activities, Steven enjoyed playing all different kinds of sports; he enjoyed hunting, and helping others.

Grateful for having shared his life are his parents, Larry and Mary Swenson, of Brandon, SD; two sisters, Dawn Cosgrove of West Des Moines, IA and Heather (Dana) Arazi, of Brandon, SD; and his grandfather, Milton Leischner, of Sioux Falls, SD.

Memorial services will be 1:00 pm Thursday at the Merle Hay Funeral Home in Des Moines, IA. A memorial service will also be held at 2:00 pm Friday at Miller Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD.

Here is the link to the funeral home's website, where you can leave a message in the guestbook for Steve's family.
A Song from Steve's Funeral
When I Get Where I'm Going
by Brad Paisley & Dolly Parton
When I get where I'm going
On the far side of the sky
The first thing that I'm gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly

I'm gonna land beside a lion
And run my fingers through his mane
Or I might find out what it's like
To ride a drop of rain

Yeah when I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and struggles
I have carried all these years
And I'll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
Yeah when I get where I'm going
Don't cry for me down here

I'm gonna walk with my grand daddy
And he'll match me step for step
And I'll tell him how I missed him
Every minute since he left
Then I'll hug his neck

[Repeat chorus]

So much pain and so much darkness
In this world we stumble through
All these questions I can't answer
So much work to do

But when I get where I'm going
And I see my maker's face
I'll stand forever in the light
Of his amazing grace
Yeah when I get where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears
I will love and have no fear
When I get where I'm going
Yeah when I get where I'm going
Here is a link to the video of the song
A good friend of Steve's made an amazing slide show that was shown during Steve's memorial service in Iowa.  Here is the link to that.
  He was just generally a kind hearted good person!  The last time we saw him was on St Patrick's day and I was pregnant with Macy and it took me by surprise when he asked if he could feel the baby moving.  What a treasured and blessed last memory of him.  I only knew him for a short time compared to his close friends but he left a special place in everyone's heart.