Kenneth Romaine Sweedland, age 80, died at home on the ranch on October 7, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. Ken was born on September 23, 1942, in Miles City, Montana, to Earl and Florence (Penwell) Sweedland. He was raised on the family ranch on Rosebud Creek and attended school in Rosebud, Montana. He worked on the home ranch and on neighboring ranches, earning enough money while still in high school to buy his first car, a 1957 red and white Ford Galaxy Skyliner convertible. He claimed it gave him a lot of status with the girls.
After graduating in 1960, he attended Eastern Montana College in Billings for a few years, but decided to enlist in the Army. He was in the service from 1962-1965, stationed most of the time in Augsburg, Germany. He was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division Administration Company, and his job was in finance. He traveled extensively in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Norway while he was in Europe.
Returning to the states, Ken went to college again, but while he was gone, all the professors had “gotten a lot dumber,” so he decided to do something different. He got a job building the fence between Forsyth and Hysham in preparation for the construction of I-94. He then got a summer job working in the oil field between Broadus, MT, and Gillette, WY, and wound up going into business for himself, forming a company called Bell Creek Service, which operated water trucks for the oil field until the boom ended, about 3 years later. He next worked for the U.S. Geological Survey for one summer, surveying in the Fort Union Triangle. He also operated heavy equipment for Hallett Minerals at their bentonite mine near Vananda, and then at the coal mine in Colstrip.
On August 12, 1978, he married Carole Albrecht. They spent their first year together in Livingston, MT, because Hallett Minerals was in the process of buying a travertine mine at Gardiner, MT. When that fell through, they moved back to Forsyth and Ken went into the construction and masonry business with Dan Lloyd. They took turns being boss. He also got his Real Estate License in 1980 and worked at that for several years while he and Dan were still doing construction.
In September 1983, Ken and Carole moved to the family ranch, and Ken returned to doing what he really enjoyed: ranching. They were blessed with two children, Megan and Michael, who were the lights of his life. He enjoyed teaching them all the things one learns to do on a ranch.
Ken loved best anything he could do on horseback, and owning cattle was a good excuse to saddle a horse. He also enjoyed discussing politics, skiing, water skiing, fishing, camping, reloading ammunition, and prairie dog hunting, part of which he said was self-defense. Ken was a great storyteller and had a wealth of knowledge and information at hand. He kept his family laughing with his wonderful sense of humor and his quick wit.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Camille Rodriguez, and his sister, Gayle Bauer. He is survived by his wife, Carole, his children, Megan and Mike, and extended family: Al and Judy Albrecht, the Mike Bruder, Keith Bohr, and Scott Albrecht families, whose kids he considered to be his grandkids, and many friends.
Memorial may be make to: Rocky Mountain Fisher House in Aurora, CO or Concordia Lutheran Church in Forsyth. Here’s a link to the info for the Fisher House with their address and also a place to donate online: https://fisherhouse.org/programs/houses/current-houses/colorado-va-eastern-colorado-health-care-system/
Family to receive friends on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 5-7 PM at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Forsyth. A memorial service will be at 11:00 AM on October 13, 2022 at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Forsyth. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home have been entrusted with arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website at www.stevensonandsons.com.