David Sveum

David Sveum

Monday, February 24th, 1930 Friday, May 21st, 2021

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Obituary for David Lee Sveum

David L. Sveum (91) died on May 21st, 2021 at his home in Arvada, CO.

David Lee was born on February 24, 1930 in Webster, SD. He was the oldest child of Henry and Beatrice (Lee) Sveum. He grew up on their family farm south of Webster. He attended a local rural elementary school and graduated from Webster High School in 1948. After graduating, he continued farming with his father until he was drafted into the US Army on Feb 5, 1953 during the Korean War. He served for two years, assigned to the Communication Section of George Company, 24th Infantry Division in South Korea until he was honorably discharged in Feb 1955. He enrolled at South Dakota State College in Brookings, SD and graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering in March 1959. He earned his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln in 1967.

David’s entire professional engineering career was devoted to water resources. He started his career with the Army Corp of Engineers specializing in flood hydrology and reservoir operation. The Corp moved him from Omaha, NE to Palatine, IL and on to San Francisco, CA. In March 1979, David transferred federal agencies and was employed by the Bureau of Reclamation office in Lakewood, Colorado. He remained there for the remainder of his career. He served as the Senior Engineer in the Dam Safety Operations Office. He had many opportunities to travel to Washington, DC to coordinate design of Federal engineering projects with officials in the Corps of Engineers and Reclamation offices. He retired from Federal employment in January 1992 after about 32 years of service.

David was proud of his Norwegian heritage. After retiring, he became an active member of Sons of Norway Trollheim Lodge. He served as the President of the building corporation, worked with the bingo group, and as leader of the team in charge of cleaning the street in front of the lodge and the lodge property. He had a passion for genealogy. He wrote several books including his personal family history and the histories of three rural South Dakota Cemeteries where some of his ancestors are buried.

David was united in marriage to Alice Wall on Dec 16, 1967. David and Alice had an outstanding life together and were married for 53 years. His family was always important to him and he enjoyed spending time with and supporting his children’s activities. He attended many scouting events, recitals, and sporting activities through the years. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his family. The Lutheran Church was always an important part of David and his family’s life wherever they lived. At King of Glory Lutheran Church in Arvada, he served as Council President, Stewardship committee chairman, and Lead Usher. He was always lending a helping hand.

David is survived by his wife Alice, his daughter Cheryl Amdahl (and her spouse Eric) and son Scott (and his wife Chris), five grandchildren; Garett, Jeremy, Allison, Jeffrey, and Lily; sister Deanne Larson of Fargo, ND and brother Duane of Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Joanne Hempel, and grandson, Austin Amdahl. David was a devoted husband, loving father, and wonderful grandfather who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 | 1:00pm
    King of Glory Lutheran Church
    10001 West 58th Avenue
    Arvada, CO
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    Thursday, June 3rd, 2021
  • Interment

    Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 | 2:30pm
    Arvada Cemetery
    5581 Independence Street
    Arvada, CO
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    Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

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