Harvey Melroy Swiggum
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Harvey M. Swiggum, age 69, of Cannon Falls, formerly of Wanamingo, died from a lung complication, while in remission from cancer, on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at home in peace, surrounded by family. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Dale Lutheran Church, on what would have been Harvey's 70th birthday. Pastor Heather Culuris will be officiating, and burial will be in the church cemetery. Due to current health restrictions, there will be a private grave-side ceremony. A memorial service will be held later this year at a date TBD.
Harvey Melroy Swiggum was born on April 2, 1950 in Redwing, Goodhue County, Minnesota to Verniel (nee Lother) and Henry Swiggum. He grew up on the family farm and attended Wanamingo H.S., graduating in 1968. He was a member of FFA and a lifelong member of Dale Lutheran Church.
Harvey hauled milk cans in high school and later worked with a paving company for ten years in the Twin Cities moving heavy machinery, before taking over milking operations from his father Henry. Harvey loved to travel and visited Morocco, the Canary Islands and Colombia in his twenties. On October 20, 1979, he married Pat (Patricia) Moore in Gustavus Adolphus Church, in St. Paul, MN. Harvey continued to milk until 2007 due to a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. In 2019, Harvey moved to Cannon Falls which allowed their son, Eric Swiggum, to take over farming operations.
In the last ten years, Harvey and Pat took every opportunity to travel and to be with family. They saw baseball games all over the U.S. including at Fenway Stadium, Wrigley Field, in Kansas City, L.A., San Francisco and Seattle, but were always Twins fans. Harvey loved animals, especially his dogs, keeping up with current events via the local newspapers and many farming magazines.
Harvey is survived by his mother, Verniel of Zumbrota, wife, Pat; children, Leah (Swiggum) Tucker of Byron, MN, Christie Swiggum of Northfield, MN, Carrie Swiggum of Vancouver, BC, Eric Swiggum of Wanamingo, MN; brother, Marvin (Mel) Swiggum of El Paso, TX; sister, Susan (Pat) Swiggum of Zumbrota, MN; grandchildren: Mason, Colin, Gretchen, Reagan and Lauren; cousins, nieces and nephews.
Harvey was preceded in death by his father, Henry and half-brother, Robert. Memorials are preferred to Dale Lutheran Church and to Mayo Clinic Hospice.
On-line tributes are being welcomed and may be written at Mahn Family Funeral Home.com