Marvin Swan, 80, of Pierre died Saturday, March 22 at Maryhouse in Pierre
Services were held Friday, March 28, at the First United Methodist Church in Pierre, with burial in Scotty Philip Cemetery in Pierre.
Marvin Ernest Swan was born on January 20, 1928, at Grass Lake, MN, to Ernest Yngre and Freda Katrina (Dahlquist) Swan. He lived in Grass Lake, MN, from birth to two-and-one-half years then in Halyoke, MN, until he was six years old when they moved to his Uncle John and Aunt Tempe Swan's near Hayes, SD.
He attended school at Stanley County and Riggs High School in Pierre. He then went on and attended Dakota Wesleyan University, Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado and he also took college classes while in the U.S. Army. He obtained degrees in several areas: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Major of Social Science, Major of Educational Administration and Masters in Business Administration. He taught school in Nebraska and Stanley County High School for four years and then returned to the ranch full time.
On June 2, 1968, he married Shirley Ann Kay McFarling at the Congregational Church in Ft. Pierre. They made their home on the ranch near Hayes.
He enjoyed many interests: reading, keeping up with politics, world news and life around him. He liked sports on TV, loved many kinds of music, shows and concerts, playing cards and restoring antique tractors, he always said he had one as old as he was. He belonged to the Grazing Association in Stanley County.
Marvin is survived by a cousin living in Canada and some cousins in Sweden. Also left to mourn his loss are his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Betty (McFarling) and husband Art Boyle of Pierre, James McFarling and wife Lois (Prince) of Pierre, Donna (McFarling) Thaden of Creston, IA, Margaret (McFarling) and husband Mike Mikkelsen of Agar, Charles McFarling and wife Linda (Biwer) of Ft. Pierre and Patricia (McFarling) and husband Marc Wernli of Denver, CO; God daughter Laura Wernli and husband Brian Weiss and their son Gabe; plus many, many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his brother and adopted sister and his beloved wife of 25 years, Shirley.
A memorial has been established.