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Stephen Gary Svaleson, 71 of Cloquet, formerly of Nashwauk, Minn., passed away on Aug. 19, 2014.

He was born on April 19, 1943 in Bagley, Minn., to Henry and Shirley (Ostrander) Svaleson.

Stephen was in the United States Air Force from 19601964. He worked at Butler Taconite, National Steel and also did construction work in Minneapolis. He retired from USG Interiors.

Stephen loved hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, yard work and traveling.

He was preceded in death by his father Henry; stepmother Helen; mother Shirley; stepfather Dennis Wiberg; brother Dennis Wiberg Jr.; sister Jolie Buchtel and nephew Eddie Svaleson.

Stephen is survived by his wife Patti; sons, Jason (Missy) of Nashwauk, Minn., and Chad (Lacy) of Hibbing, Minn.; daughters, Kari (Dana) Genett of Arpin, Wis., and Amy (Brian) Rulifson of Aurora, Minn.; grandchildren, Courtney, Jazlynn, Hunter Svaleson, Riley, Adam, Brynn, Isaac, Layla Svaleson, Sydney and Skylar Genett, Brianna Dominic and Olivia Rulifson; brothers, David of Helena, Mont., Ray of Manhattan, Mont., Chuck Wiberg of Mora, Minn., and Cody Wiberg of Red Wing, Minn.; mother-in-law, Donna King of Cloquet; father-in-law, Duane King of Duluth; sisters-in-law, Gayle King of Chisholm, Minn., and Kathy Skurla of Chisholm, Minn.; brothers-in-law, Al Kastonek of Pengilly, Minn., and Les King of Albuquerque, N.M.; also several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: 12 Noon Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 until the 2 p.m. Funeral Service in the Handevidt Funeral Home, 900 Washington Ave, Cloquet. Lunch and social gathering to follow service at the Cloquet VFW. Interment at Maple Grove Cemetery, Cloquet. To leave an online condolence for Stephens family, please visit Arrangements with Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Service, 879-4636.