Christopher Michael Swayze

Age 36, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away September 24, 2020.  He was born June 6, 1984, in Lansing, to Michael A. and Carole A. Swayze.

Christopher was a lifetime Lansing area resident.  He graduated from Grand Ledge High School.

He is survived by his father, Michael A. (Rhonda) Swayze; his mother, Carole A. Swayze; children, Finn Hudson, Emmie Jade, and Ember Ann Swayze; 2 siblings, Benjamin and Ross Gorman; paternal grandparents, Jeanette Landry and Les Swayze; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Gregg A. Swayze; maternal grandfather, Carlos Cassell; and maternal grandmother, Katherine Randall.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the “Swayze Children Educational Fund” set up through Go Fund Me,  Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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Ester Gemalsky
September 24, 2020 at 6:13 pm

This saddens me so much you were such a great person and you are going to be so missed

Ultima Online Friends
September 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm

This boy had a heart of gold. Your Uo friends will miss you .We love you Chris.

Kathy Jenkins
September 24, 2020 at 9:33 pm

You will be missed. So sad to hear this news

Apple Jacks
September 24, 2020 at 9:55 pm

I will miss our talks in Ultima Online and in World of Warcraft, Woah Woah Woah was one of ur favorite things to say in both games, you always made me laugh.

Hammer and Leaf friends
September 25, 2020 at 12:09 am

Chris was a beautiful soul, and gave so much of himself to the people around him. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing him are so thankful for our time with him, and know that more than anything he prided himself as a family man first and foremost. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and children.

UO Buds
September 25, 2020 at 9:32 am

You were a great guy and did what needed to for your kids you will be miss bro. You had kept everyone laughing in ultima online you will never be forget and you will always be remembered Rest in Peace

Kristina Montemayor
September 25, 2020 at 2:58 pm

Mike and Rhonda,

My deepest condolences to the both of you and the rest of the family. Lots of hugs and love sent your way.

Deborah Marks
September 25, 2020 at 3:02 pm

Mike and Rhonda: There are no words to adequately express how very sorry I am for your loss. My heart hurts for all of you. I pray that you’ll find comfort in all the good memories you made together, and that you’ll be able to find peace at the end of the dark road you’re currently on. Sending big hugs for all.

Paul Joseph
September 25, 2020 at 3:25 pm

I just saw this and I am sorry for your loss if there is anything I can do let me know.
Paul and Dawn-Marie Joseph
God rest his soul.

Maribeth Graff (Preston)
September 25, 2020 at 4:13 pm

Mike and Rhonda,
My deepest sympathies to you and the rest of your family on the loss of Chris. You are in my prayers. There are no adequate words, just know that others care. Maribeth

Stephanie Martin
September 26, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Chris was such an amazing guy!! I will never forget all the memories I have with him!! He will truly be missed!!

Amanda Shields
September 27, 2020 at 8:49 am

Uncle Mike and Aunt Rhonda, Ben and Ross:

I am sorry to hear about the passing of Chris. You are in my thoughts, my prayers and I hope that you can find some happy memories throughout these sad days.

May the Angels welcome Chris to Paradise!
Love, Mandy, Jim and the girls

Edson and Nancy Borges
September 28, 2020 at 6:32 pm

Mike and Ronda, Our hearts ache with the news of Chris’s passing. We hope that the memories you have of your son will comfort you in your grief of this tremendous loss. We hold you in our thoughts and in our hearts in the days, weeks, months and the years ahead. We are here for you any time you want to talk or get together.

Edson and Nancy

Gregg Swayze
September 28, 2020 at 11:35 pm

Chris — I really admired the love and care you gave your kids and wish you could have stayed with us longer. I like to think you are up there having adventures with your bro Gregg.

Dan Voss
October 3, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Mike and Rhonda,

Hard to know what to say. Take comfort in the memories of Chris. Deepest condolences. Peace and love.

Gabriel Contreras (Durngaz)
October 5, 2020 at 5:16 pm

My condolences to the family and friends. I was not expecting these news at all. I was I had known earlier. My prayers are with Chris and his family.

Ronan Macivor
October 5, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Chris or “Padisher” … I miss you.

Aris and I did a lot of crying the day we received the news from Bud.

We had met online in a game called World of Warcraft. My fiance and I (a gay couple) were brand new to the game and it was very overwhelming. We tried to join guilds, but to our surprise a lot of them would get weirdly homophobic when we would talk. Probably due to effeminate voices.

Chris invited me to join Elwynn Guard, and he was the co-leader. He would advertise for the guild everyday, he basically *was* the leader. We all collectively got together and overthrew the previous leader and assigned Chris as our guild leader.

He was a silly, funny guy. Chris had a sense of humor that really is unrivaled. Dry humor, crude humor, wholesome humor — the man had it all.

Chris never ever said or did anything to hurt those around him. Chris and his best friend Bud (Sevenmm) made Aris and I feel so accepted and loved…Chris was open-minded, and he carried an open-heart.

Aris and I quit the game because of real life issues. We couldn’t afford to pay the subscription. But guess what? As a gift, Chris sent us BOTH a month subscription. We paid him back, but he didn’t even ASK us to.

I remember the adventure’s we’d go on in World of Warcraft Classic. We were both human Warlocks going after the same items. I remember when his Warlock pet would accidentally aggro random dungeon mobs and we’d wipe. Priceless, and it makes me sad to know that won’t happen again.

I never knew Chris in real life. I didn’t ever meet him face-to-face. But it sure as hell felt like that and more. He offered Aris and I to come on down one day to crash at his place and meet up with his friend Bud and we’d just shoot the time and drink and enjoy each other’s company.

Chris really did have an impact on our lives. This sounds like an over-exaggeration, but for someone to be as open-hearted, open-minded, and funny / kind…that’s a diamond in the rough.

Regardless of any of the personal problems he had going on in life, that simply is life. I hate saying that, but “it is what it is.” 🙁 of course he was far from deserving of the things that haunted him, his vices. Man I wish I could give him one last sad crying hug.

Mr. and Mrs. Swayze, if you two are reading this please contact me via email: <— I'd really like to talk to you guys, and his wonderful children. We talked a few times over Discord and I want them to know just how cool their dad is.

Chris always (quite always) talked about his children, his partner at the time Shannon, Bud (his best friend), and his shop.

– Chris, we will all miss you forever. Really. Tears run down my face as I'm typing this but your heart and mind were so profound that you leaving this Earth early makes me feel like we lost an angel that roamed the Earth. –

At the very least, you are *genuinely* in a better place now. Just know, I will never forget you. Aris will never forget you. Your family will never forget you. Bud will never forget you. We will never forget your quirks, your humor, your heart, your acceptance, your jokes, and who YOU are. You changed a lot of people without even knowing Chris.

I love you Christopher Michael Swayze. You were the most badass friend I've had.

Rest in peace, and I am going to change my Warlock macros to all reference you…

🙁 we're all going to remember you forever. Don't ever think you'll be forgotten Chris.

– Sincerely,
Rownynn of Elwynn Guard, Nethergarde.


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