CHRIS RUSSELL SWINDELL
December 29, 1941 ~ December 10, 2015
"Chris always had a "can-do" attitude, greeted all
individuals he met with a smile, and left an impression on everyone with his unforgettable laugh."
Chris Russell Swindell, age 73, died on Thursday, December 10, 2015, at his home in Ridgefield, WA, surrounded by his immediate family members. He was born on December 29, 1941 in Vancouver, WA and raised by his mother, Mildred Pearl (Wilcox/Swindell) Dungan and Raymond ("Red") Albert Swindell, relocating up and down the Columbia River basin many times as his adoptive father, Red Swindell, worked in the dam construction industry during the 1940's and early 1950's. After Red passed away, Mildred settled in Vancouver, WA. Chris attended Ridgefield High School and in 1959, met the love of his life, Mary ("Diane") Krebser (who he later married in 1962), settled in Ridgefield, where he operated his own cabinet making and general contracting business for over 40 years, raised his own family, and became entrenched in service to his community.
Chris served as Ridgefield Little League's President for several years, coached many Little League baseball teams, was a long-time District 12 volunteer firefighter, and served as a member of the Ridgefield School Board for 21 years. He worked tirelessly throughout his lifetime
to improve the community in which he lived,
particularly the Ridgefield School District.
Chris is survived by his wife of 53 years, Diane; brother, Al (wife Iris) Swindell of Woodland, WA; two sisters, Ardy (husband Roger) Woolley of Snohomish, WA and Cheryl ("Daisy") Dungan of Darrington, WA; three sons, Edward Swindell of Vancouver, WA, Scott (wife Lisa) Swindell of Brush Prairie, WA and Matthew (wife Leslie) Swindell of Ridgefield, WA; ten grandchildren: (from Scott) Stephanie, Megan and Emily; (from Matthew) Ashley, Andrew, Asher and Allison; (from Edward) Tyler, Lily and Violet; and three great-grandchildren; (from Ashley) Jaxson, Raiden and Jayda.
With the holidays approaching, a graveside, family members only, ceremony was held last Saturday, at the St. Mary of Guadalupe Parish in Ridgefield, WA. After the holiday season, the family will hold a Celebration of Life event at Ridgefield High School on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. (food and drink will be served).
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, if anyone would like to commemorate Chris's life, you please make donations to the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation, something for the kids, just the way Chris would have wanted it.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits
Published by The Columbian on Jan. 3, 2016.