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Alvin Sweep

Feb. 27, 1947-Aug. 8, 2006

Alvin G. Sweep, 59, of Mahnomen, died Tuesday, August 8, 2006, as a result of a farm accident.

Alvin George Sweep was born to Arendt and Sena Sweep on Feb. 27, 1947, in Mahnomen. He attended school in Bejou through the eighth grade, and graduated from Mahnomen High School in 1965. Following high school, Alvin attended Minnesota State University-Moorhead for a year and then joined the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War.

On July 25, 1968, Alvin married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Trnka. They made their home in Fayetteville, N.C., where their children, Nathan and Tami, were born. After an honorable discharge in 1970, Alvin and Shirley moved back to Minnesota and farmed with Shirley's parents for several years. Alvin then managed Waubun Cattle Ranch for two years before the couple purchased their own farm. The couple had three more children: Russell, Chad and James. Alvin and Shirley operated a dairy farm until 2002, becoming grain farmers, which they continued to do until Alvin's death. Alvin was working on getting his CDL in order to drive for Trans Systems this fall and winter.

Alvin was a talker and always had a joke to share. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, both building and restoring vehicles with his sons, and teaching his grandkids to operate equipment. Alvin fufilled his life long dream of buying hunting land and building a log cabin by hand, with his sons. However, a dream that was not fulfulled was getting a shot at "Big Billy." He was an active member and past commander of VFW Post 1226 in Bejou.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Shirley Sweep of Bejou; four sons: Nathan (Barb) Sweep of Fosston, Minn., Russell (Lisa) Sweep of Detroit Lakes, Chad (TahNee) Sweep of Glyndon, Minn., and James Sweep of Westbury; a daughter, Tamara (Don) Ramstad, of Annandale, Minn.; six grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur (Lorraine) Sweep of Bejou and Duane (Sandy) Sweep of Burnsville, Minn.; two sisters, Arlene Orvedal of Cando, N.D,and Jane (Kaylen) Smith, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; father and mother-in-law, Marvin and Cece Trnka of Mahnomen; sister-in-law, Pat Sweep, of McClusky, N.D.; several neices, nephews, cousins and his dog, Gator. His parents and a brother, Dennis, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 11, at First Lutheran Church, Mahnomen, with the Rev. Frank Rodgers officiating.

Pallbearers were Nathan, Russell, Chad and James Sweep, Don Ramstad, John Burdick and Mike Haider. Honorary bearers were his grandchildren: Ethan, Hannah, Dylan, Tegan, Devon and Isaac.

Military rites were provided by Bejou VFW Wild Rice Post 1226. Burial was in the Bejou City Cemetery, Bejou. Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home of Mahnomen and Winger.