In Memory of David R. Sweeden



David R. Sweeden
David R. Sweeden
Born: July 23, 1953
Died: December 12, 2020
Age: 67
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David R. Sweeden
July 23, 1953 - December 12, 2020
From: Odebolt, IA

David Ross “Swede” Sweeden, age 67, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 19, 2020, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. Ken Miller will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 18, 2020, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s proclamation, masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines apply during all services. A Facebook Live of the funeral service will be available on the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home Facebook page.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com


David Ross Sweeden was born July 23, 1953, to parents Billy “Ross” & Dorothy (Albrecht) Sweeden. Dave grew up in Arthur, IA and graduated from Odebolt-Arthur High School with the Class of 1971. In August of 1972 he married Sandra Gehrke and they welcomed two children, Angela and Jarrod. In March of 1985 he married Carleen Sharp to which they were blessed with a son, Chance. 

Dave and his father ran a tree trimming service for many years. Dave also worked at Dubuque Packing in Denison, IA. After leaving there he decided to continue his education at WITCC getting his HVAC certification and ran his own plumbing business for some time. For many years Dave was a volunteer ambulance driver for Sac County. He worked in maintenance at Job Corp in Denison before taking on the same position at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove, IA, where he currently worked for the last 13 years. Many of his coworkers will miss seeing his smile and hearing his whistle in the hallways. 

Swede was an avid mushroom hunter and loved wildlife. He took great care of his yard and garden. After his father passed, he applied that same care to his mother’s yard and flower beds, receiving many compliments for his work. His holiday decorations were looked forward to every year by many; it was an inside joke that he secretly liked to do the decorating. You could say he was a procrastinator, but once he set his mind to a project it would get done and be done right, which was “his way”. 

He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. Dave also could be quite mischievous and many of us were on the receiving end of his ornery ways. In January he received his 15-year coin from AA, an accomplishment his family is so proud of.  He loved his family very deeply, especially his grandchildren. He was a special grandpa and will be dearly missed.

Left to carry on his spirit include his mother Dorothy Sweeden of Arthur, IA; his children Angela (Tyson) Quirk of Odebolt, IA, Jarrod (Jasmine Rosemeyer) Sweeden of Weston, MO and  Chance (Heather) Sweeden of Ida Grove, IA; grandchildren Karson and Roscoe Quirk, Sydney, Josie, Larah and Jace Sweeden, Hunter Wessel, Kadyn Conolly, Jatelyn and Jaxten Sweeden; brother Jeff (Naomi) Sweeden of Arthur, IA; extended family and friends. 

He was embraced in heaven by his father Billy “Ross” Sweeden; his sister Billie Jo; and numerous family and friends.

SERVICES

10:30 a.m., Saturday,
December 19, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa

A Facebook Live of the funeral service will be available on the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home Facebook page.

OFFICIATING

Rev. Ken Miller

CASKET BEARERS

Jarrod Sweeden
Jeff Sweeden
Tyson Quirk
Luke Zoch
Chad Peterson
James Sharkey

Honorary Pallbearers
His Beloved Grandchildren
Karson
Roscoe
Sydney
Josie
Larah
Jace
Hunter
Kadyn
Jatelyn
Jaxten

 

VISITATION

5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday,
December 18, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


MUSIC

Recorded Selections
"Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Wings Of A Dove"

INTERMENT

Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Condolences


Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:31 PM
“Dorothy and Jeff, I am saddened to hear of David's passing. I hope that your memories will comfort and sustain through the difficult days ahead. You have my sincere condolences.”
- Jan Miller Wietsma
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:31 PM
“Our sincere sympathies to Dorothy, Jeff and all the family. Such a heartbreaking loss!”
- The Hammerstrom Sisters
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:31 PM
“Sincere sympathies from the Hammerstrom sisters. We were so sorry to hear this sad, sad news.”
- Deb, Joann, Carol, Jane (Hammerstrom)
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:31 PM
“Enjoy your rest Dave....Horn will not be the same without your presence. Your humor and smile made many a day for me there. God's peace and blessings to your family.”
- Jodi Nielsen
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:31 PM
“Our hearts go out to you Aunt Dorothy and Jeff.David will be missed by all .God please embrace David on his next Journey.
Love you Lord.”
- Steve Albrecht
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:31 PM
“I'm so sorry for your families loss, sending love and prayers your way. I love you Aunt Dorothy. ❤ Rest in peace Cousin, I know you will be greatly missed. ❤ Love Deb”
- Debra Wise (Albrecht)
Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:31 PM
“You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Dave always had a smile and a "good morning " when meeting him in the hallways at Horn. I pray that each of you find peace knowing that Dave is with our Lord. We do not say goodbye to Dave, but see you later. Love and hugs from our family to yours!”
- Joey Hoefling
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:12 AM
“Dorothy (Aunt) , Jeff, Angie, Jarrod, Chance and families: We are so sorry for your loss!! Dave will be missed by so many. Our deepest sympathy and love to you all, Wanda (Aunt), Connie & Rick”
- Rick & Connie
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:03 PM
“So sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I met Dave in January 15 years ago and thought the world of him. I always enjoyed seeing him and he always made me laugh. Our thoughts and prayers to the family at this time. Dave will be greatly missed.”
- Jerry and Deb Payne
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:04 AM
“Dave was a wonderful person ! I will miss his quick wit, and sense of humor! Prayers to his family .”
- Megan Nippert
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:04 AM
“Dave will be truly missed by all. I had the privilege of working with Dave at Denison Job Corps and Horn. Prayers and hugs to all his family. Fly high Dave! ”
- Tonya Kragel
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:04 AM
“What a beautiful tribute to an amazing man! I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. Sending lots of love and strength to get you through this most difficult time. ”
- Lori
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:04 AM
“Jeff, I'm so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. You, your mother and the rest of the family are in my prayers. Hugs my old friend.
Betty (Mildenstein) Dahl.”
- Betty J. (Mildenstein) Dahl
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 10:04 AM
“We were very sorry to hear that Dave has passed. We both really loved chatting with him at the reunions. He had so many life experiences, and he was always funny. The world has lost a great guy. ”
- Brian & Annette Sweeden
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 1:32 PM
“Dear Aunt Dorothy - I am so very sorry for your loss. I am sending my thoughts & prayers to you & your family.”
- Lisa Stenderup
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