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Kent Swalinkavich, 71

Kent J. (Swan) Swalinkavich, age 71, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 24, 1943, in Minneapolis, to Joseph and Florence (Osgood) Swalinkavich.

Kent served in the US Army from March 1967 to August 1968, during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries received during combat.

A long-time entrepreneur, Kent founded Buffalo Realty.

He loved spending time with his wife and soul-mate Eunie, doing yard work, gardening, and living on the lake.

Kent was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Eugene.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Eunice; children Mike (Barb), Marty, Jennifer (nee Halluska) Patterson, Kari (Juergen) Swalinkavich-Scherer, and Pete (Amy) Halluska; eight grandchildren: Karli, Shelbi, Abby, Maddy, Joey, Janick, Niko and Mattias; sister Donna Mae (John) Skovran; mother-in-law Eleanore Florek; brothers-in-law Randy (Margaret) Florek and Paul (Jean) Florek; sister-in-law Chris (Ken) Wilson; and beloved dogs, Rocky and Willy.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Chapel in Delano, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the service. Interment, with military honors, was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Delano.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.

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