James A. Svendsen, 77, of rural Marshalltown, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Iowa River Hospice Home, while surrounded by his loving family. A celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at the Gladbrook Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will follow services at the Chapel Hill Cemetery in Gladbrook. Visitation for Jim will be held from 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home where his family will be present to greet friends. Memorial contributions may be directed in his name to the Green Mountain Community Park Building.
Jim was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, on November 2, 1935, the son of Harry and Rose (Ingledue) Svendsen. He was raised on the family farm near Green Mountain and graduated from the Green Mountain High School. Jim was a member of the United States Army. Following his honorable discharge he returned home and began his lifelong career as a farmer on his family farm. Jim was united in marriage to Shirley Navara on December 30, 1955 and to this union two children were born. In addition to farming, Jim was on the Board of Directors for the Grundy County REC for over 18 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Conrad CO-OP, the Mid-Iowa CO-OP, the Marshall County Farm Bureau and served as a township trustee.
Jim received the Iowa Master Farmer Award as a result of his leadership, hard work and dedication to their family farm.
Jim and his family loved to travel and spent their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii with the entire family. He and Shirley also traveled to Alaska, Mexico and almost every state in the United States. Jim was an active member in the Gladbrook Chapel United Methodist Church and the Green Mountain Lions Club. Above all he was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather to his family and will be missed by all.
Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Svendsen, his two children: Douglas (Linda) Svendsen of rural Marshalltown and Kristi (Jeff) Farrington of Blaine, Minnesota, his four grandchildren: Cory (fiancee' Jodee Loterbauer) Farrington of Chaska, Minnesota, Jacob Farrington of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Kevin Svendsen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Michael Svendsen of Ames, Iowa, his sister: Helen (Clyde) Knoll of Marshalltown, his brother Richard (Joan) Svendsen of Conrad.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Doris and his niece Lori.