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Harvey Svenby

May 16, 1922 — March 10, 2018

A funeral service for Harvey Svenby, age 95, of Milford formerly of Estherville, will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Turner Jenness Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Spirit Lake. Harvey passed away March 10, 2018 at Accura Healthcare in Milford. Harvey Svenby was born May 16, 1922 in Bejou, MN to Nels and Nora (Bern) Svenby. After working on the family farm, he moved to Iowa, where he met Arlene Langfeldt. They were united in marriage on October 20, 1960. They lived a majority of their life in Estherville, IA. Harvey worked for White Farms. When he wasn't busy farming, he enjoyed time with his family. He was very involved in helping his children with their livestock for 4H and teaching them all about showmanship. In 2002, Harvey and Arlene moved to Milford, IA, with their daughter Joleen and her family. There he helped take care of two of his granddaughters, Lindsay and Jadyn. Once again, he was very involved with their 4H livestock and taught them the great skills he had taught his own children. On their acreage, Harvey took care of horses, goats and pigs. He kept busy tinkering with various projects, including making his own horse cart. He also enjoyed a large garden every summer. Harvey is survived by his wife Arlene and their four children. Rita Behrends (Paul Holm) and her children Nicole, Christy and Allen; Loren (Cheryl) Svenby; Lynn Svenby; Joleen (Keith) Baumann and their children Lindsay and Jadyn; 12 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren; two sisters Irene Randall and Pearl (Ray) Trotter, and many nieces and nephews. Harvey was preceded in death by his parents Nels and Nora Svenby, siblings: Palmer Svenby, Oscar Svenby, Maude Svenby Gunderson, Lloyd Svenby, Orval Svenby and Lillian Butenhoff, and three infant great grandchildren.
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