Lyndon L. "Lyn" Swenson, 93, of Derry, died peacefully on April 25, 2020, after a period of declining health, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Belleville, NJ on February 8, 1927, he was the son of the late John W. and J. Pearl (Rutan) Swenson. He served in the US Army from 1945 to 1947 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Technician Fifth Grade. He graduated Divinity School at Providence Bible Institute in 1950 and earned his BA at Upsala College in 1953.
As a child, Lyn enjoyed bicycling, riding cows, swimming and canoeing. In his adult years he found great pleasure in reading Tolkien novels, decades before the movies were made. He had a love for music and owned hundreds of albums on tape, vinyl and audio CD. He also enjoyed butterscotch pudding.
In his adult life, Lyn was a Baptist Minister. He dedicated his life to his family and ministering the Gospel to the Japanese people. He was an accomplished teacher and preacher of The Word of God and he delivered inspiring messages in fluent Japanese. In addition to his pivotal roles in several church planting endeavors, Lyn was instrumental in building the infrastructure to support various mission activities in northern Japan. These included the construction of houses, churches, year-round camp facilities, a Bible school, a publishing company and a large mission academy where his children attended school. He served faithfully on the mission field with his wife and co-worker for 34 years.
In retirement, Lyn enjoyed reading and writing books and had published four novels. He devoted much of his time to encouraging people at home and at church, holding church leadership positions and serving as a pastoral mentor. Above all, Lyn will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, pastor and friend.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 67 years, Geraldine M. (Rudine) in 2018.
Surviving family members include daughter, Lois Pincince (Philip) of Dunbarton; sons, Wayne Swenson (Ruth) of Pace, FL; Mark Swenson (Lena) of Meridian, ID; and Gregory Swenson (Asa) of Tokyo, Japan; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, Milton Swenson (Anne) of Albuquerque, NM; and Arthur Swenson ( Martha) of Venice, FL. He was predeceased by sister, Alma Swenson in 1940; brother, Russell Swenson in 1994; son, David Swenson in 1953; and grandson, Sidnee Swenson in 1998.
All services were held privately. The memorial on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10 am and the interment on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Lyn will be laid to rest, with his wife, at NH State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen. Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Remembrances from Japanese Colleagues
"In Christ Alone"
Sean and Dee Donahue
We are so thankful that we got to know both Lyn and Gerry. They were two wonderful examples for us, of how to live a Godly life. They always took the time to talk, share about their family, their faith, and pray for others. Lyn will be missed by his Bedford Road Baptist Church family, as was Gerry before him. God Bless you, Sean and Dee Donahue
Thank you for inviting us to view the live stream of Lyn's funeral service today. Dick and I watched it together. The song for which Lyn had provided the words and part of the melody brought me to tears. We will keep memories of Lyn and Gerry in our hearts.
In all the years I’ve known your father and grandfather, I have always admired his commitment to his faith and the joy he felt in his ministry. However, I think this was far surpassed by the love and pride he had for his family. You were truly blessed to have had such a good father, as he was blessed to have such a wonderful family. My condolences on his passing.
Dr. Nate Delisi
Thank you for allowing me to know your father as he has helped many of us know his Father better. He was always an encouragement. His love for ur Lord was great and unfailing. Confident that he is enjoying the
FACETIME with our LORD! Our sorrow is for a time, but soon we shall all see HIM Face to face!
Susan (Swenson) Roddy
Uncle Lyn will be remembered by how he poured out over me Scriptural truth and his heart regarding his life with Jesus, discipling me as a baby Christian. He inspired in me a heart that none should perish and to boldly proclaim the truth of the gospel. He will be so missed, but I have Christ in me to carry on in the work He has for me until my time on earth is finished. May we as a family grow closer, supporting each other, and loving each other through the grief as we know that where Uncle Lyn went, we who are in Christ will go there too someday. So I celebrate Uncle Lyn's homegoing to be with His beloved Savior.
Luci & Bill Albertson
We met your folks about 27 years ago, when they were freshly returned from Japan. It happened that our daughter was in Japan at the time, on a short term mission trip, so naturally, we bonded right away. We have so many memories of good times spent with your folks...and with some of you! It's hard to think of a better role model than your Dad. He was so strong in his convictions, always ready to mentor and advise. And he had a marvelous sense of humor, as you well know... we fondly remember hours spent playing games at their dining room table. He will be missed by many...but praise God for a life well lived!
Donations in Memory of Lyn
Lyn was a faithful servant of the Lord both on the mission field of Japan and in his local church, where he served as a leader and teacher for many years. If you would like to make a donation in his name, you can do so to either WorldVenture (formerly Conservative Baptist Foreign Missions) or Bedford Road.
Bedford Road Baptist Church
PO Box 443 (67 Bedford Rd)
Merrimack NH 03054