Christopher Swenning

Aug. 10, 1974-Aug. 24, 2013

GHENT – Services for Christopher J. Swenning, 39, of Ghent will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service Thursday at the Hamilton Funeral Home and will continue at the church Friday, one hour prior to the service.

He died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Christopher James was born Aug. 10, 1974, in Golden Valley to David and Marlene (Dodge) Swenning. He was baptized at First Baptist Church in Marshall and graduated from Red Wing High School in 1992. He worked as a cook at Big Ben’s in Red Wing and moved to Marshall where he worked for MESI, SpeeDee, Curry Sanitation, MIDCO Supply and evenings for UPS out of Granite Falls.

On Sept. 27, 2003, Chris was united in marriage to Tory Salamone at the Bethany-Elim Lutheran Church in Ivanhoe. To this union, his pride and joy, daughter, Ashlyn “Baby Girl” was born.

The love of his life was his family (especially going to Ashlyn’s volleyball games) and being with friends. His other enjoyments in life were riding his Harley, fishing, hunting, playing softball and keeping track of the Chicago Bears.

He is survived by his wife, Tory and daughter, “Baby Girl” Ashlyn of Ghent; mother, Marlene (and Ken) Kroll of Wood Lake; father, David (and Sandy) of Red Wing; brothers, Nels (and Jamie) of Lake City and David (and Ronda) of Red Wing; sister, Ilah (and Chris) Wolter of Crosby, N.D.; half-brother, Robby Swenning of Red Wing; step brother, Joe (and Brenda) Flo of Bay City, Wis.; step sisters, Deb Flo of Red Wing and Tina (and Shawn) Graf of Tacoma, Wash.; mother-in-law, Tory Salamone of Arco; sister-in-law, Tia Salamone of Arco; nieces and nephews, Rebecca, Jada, Justine, Spencer, Coby, Kiyah, Gabby, Megan and Alexander; also many other relatives and many many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father-in-law, aunt and uncle.

Blessed be the memory Christopher Swenning.

Hamilton Funeral Home