Swartzendruber, Christopher G., Saginaw, Michigan


Passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the age of 87 years. He was born March 15, 1926 in Nashua, Montana. Chris lived there until 1934, the moved with his family to Bay Port Michigan. He graduated from Bay Port High School in 1944. Chris enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. in 1944 and served during WWII in the Asian-Pacific area. He was Honorably Discharged in 1947 and went on to attend Bay City Junior College for one year. Chris then entered the Michigan State Police Academy and graduated in 1949. He married Joan Sieland in 1950 in Centerline, Michigan. Chris started his career in the State Police as a Trooper in Centerline, Michigan and moved up to various supervisory positions ending his career in 1975 as Captain and Commanding Officer of the Intelligence Division located in East Lansing, Michigan. During his career he worked closely with many State and Federal law enforcement organizations investigating activities such as narcotics, gambling, organized crime, smuggling and subversive activities and on several occasions worked undercover posing as a criminal for hire. After retiring fron the State Police, Chris held various security positions with the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (Detroit, Indianapolis, New Orleans), Dravo Constructors (New Orleans), Stone & Webster Engineering Corp. (Boston) and Boeing Petroleum Services (New Orleans. He completed his working career holding a part-time security position at the Treasure Chest Casino in New Orleans. Chris is survived by one brother, Donald Swartzendruber, Saginaw; one sister, Darlene Feeheley, Bloomfield Hills; and several nieces and nephews. Chris was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; a son Thomas; his brother, William; and his sister Christine Hammer. Honoring Chris’s wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will take place on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty). Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate. Burial of cremains will take at a later date in Indianfield Township Cemetery-Sacred Heart section in Caro, Michigan. Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Thomas Aquinas Church or charity of your choice. www.snowfuneralhome.net