Kurt Swaggert

April 15, 1988 - September 30, 2021

Kurt M. Swaggert, age 33, died unexpectedly at his New Prague home on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.
Born on April 15, 1988, in Minneapolis to Patrick J. and Lynn (Tisdel) Swaggert, Kurt moved with his family to New Prague for the start of kindergarten. Kurt went on to graduate from New Prague High School and then moved to Avondale, Arizona, where he earned an associate degree in automotive technology from Universal Technical Institute.

His true passion in life was discovered on a blind date with Kari A. Block in March 2008. Little did he and Kari know that dinner and bowling would set their forever love story in motion. The couple spent a few years together in Duluth, MN before they joined in marriage on Sept. 7, 2013. They then moved around a few times before making their home together in rural New Prague. The two enjoyed traveling together and did so frequently.

Kurt’s dream of becoming a father was recognized on Jan. 6, 2016, when he and Kari welcomed daughter Kennedy Rose, who quickly became daddy’s best friend. The two did everything together and especially loved swimming and playing sharks in the water. The Swaggert’s became a family of four on June 20, 2020, when they welcomed little sister Kora Moraine, named lovingly after a favorite family destination in Banff, Canada. The girls and Kari were Kurt’s whole world, and he was theirs.

Kurt worked as a Sales Manager for Nidec SSB Wind Systems where he was the only employee for the company in North America. However, his real joy was working in Emergency Medical Services. Kurt wanted to give back to his community and decided to start his EMS career by becoming a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician. After becoming an EMT, he decided to enhance his medical skills by attending a trauma course that was being offered by Templar Medical Training. The company was so impressed with Kurt’s medical skills and ability to apply critical thinking to complicated problems that they offered him an opportunity to help develop the company by becoming the training director and liaison for all law enforcement and civilian personnel. Kurt earned his instructor certifications for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and Tactical Combat Casualty Care. He was a great instructor and his students and friends always had great things to say about him. Kurt was valued and appreciated by everyone for all of his hard work and dedication and he will be greatly missed as a partner, friend, and instructor.

In addition to family adventures and cheering on the Vikings, Kurt played hockey in a men’s league, continuing his early love of the sport. He was an avid hunter and excellent marksman, having an affinity for firearms and shooting sports.
Kurt will be deeply missed by the love of his life, his beautiful daughters, his parents and numerous family members and friends.

Kurt is survived by his wife, Kari, of New Prague; daughters, Kennedy and Kora; parents, Pat & Lynn Swaggert of New Prague; parents-in-law, Dave & Joanne Block of Shakopee; grandparents, Tom & Jackie Tisdel of Ft. Myers, FL. He is preceded in death by grandparents, Chris & Jean Swaggert.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at 2 p.m. (CT) at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Alicia Hilding officiating. A visitation will take place at church beginning at 1 p.m. (CT). Burial will take place following the service at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague.

Kurt's service will be live-streamed. To access, go to: holytrinityonline.org

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Brooke Casperson
7 days ago

My heart breaks for you, Kari, and your girls. I am so sorry to hear about Kurt. Know I will be keeping you & your family in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you, my dear!

Love, Brooke

Dan Smith
10 days ago

Lynn and family,
We were shocked and saddened to learn of Kurt’s passing. Our deepest condolences and know that your entire family is in our prayers.
Dan & Sharon Smith

Sandra S Schoenecker
10 days ago

My heart aches for all of you! I love Kurt dearly and was blessed to have him as a 2nd/3rd grade student for 2 years. He always added a bounce of fun, energy, and excitement to our class!

Fire station 28
10 days ago

Pat and Lynn, so sorry for your loss. We know how proud you guys were of Kurt.

Rose M Fife
11 days ago

I’m so sorry for your loss. I know he will be greatly missed.

Last edited 11 days ago by Rose M Fife
Jean Zimanske
12 days ago

Our sincerest sympathy to all who knew and loved Kurt. May you find peace and comfort knowing many are praying for you at this very sad time, and in the days ahead.
Doug and Jean Z

Michelle and Jim Bisek
13 days ago

Lynn and Family,
Our hearts break for your devastating loss and pain. Prayers of strength and comfort to you and Pat, Kari, Kennedy, Kora and all who love your dear son.

Lexi Rose
13 days ago

Lynn and Family,
We are sending you love. We are so sorry for the loss of your son. We will continue to think about you.
Hugs,
Lexi, Steve and Connie Schoenbauer

Mark and Barb Perron
13 days ago

Pat and Lynn. We are so sad to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Dr. John and Ann Berg
13 days ago

Lynn and Family,

We want to express our deep sorrow for the loss of your son, Kurt. Lynn you helped so many students and athletes at New Prague High School, and me, and the activities my family was involved in. We deeply feel and share your loss.

Kate Colling
13 days ago

Lynn and family,
We are very sorry for your loss. We will keep you all in our thoughts. Hugs for you Lynn.
Jon & Kate Colling and Clan

Cher Rezac
13 days ago

Lynn and family,
The Rezac’s are thinking and praying for you.
Our deepest condolences.
Mark and Cher and family

Thorsten Leibhan
13 days ago

We are so sorry for your loss. Very sad when we have been notified last week. Kurt, it was always a lot of fun when we had the chance going on business trips together in the States. On the weekends you even made a German guy go out shooting with you, that was quite an accomplishment my friend. I hope you will find peace. My family and myself over here in Germany will have you, your wife Kari, your little daugthers and your parents Lynn and Pat in our prayers.

Braden Flanagan
14 days ago

I am so heartbroken. I don’t know what to say. I am at a loss for words… Kurt, I miss you more than you’ll ever know. Kari & Girls & Parents, I pray for you every night. The world is a worse place without Kurt, he was one of my best and closest friends growing up/in high school… I don’t know how to move on from this, I will never be the same. I love you Kurt.

Ann sirek
14 days ago

So sorry for your loss!!Prayers for all of you!!!

Barbara Mace
14 days ago

Lifting you up in prayer and sending love and comfort to all of you, especially Kurt’s two little angels.

Patty Lau
14 days ago

Omg I’m so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy

Patty Lau
14 days ago
Reply to  Patty Lau

I always gave him a hard time for getting cronuts last minute for his wife who works for the Vikings. I’m in shock and feel so sad for you all.

Carol Meger
14 days ago

Lynn I’m so sorry to hear about your son. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Mary Pat
14 days ago

Lifting your names in Prayer

Danna Elling Schultz and family
14 days ago

Lynn and Pat,
So sorry to hear this news. We send much love and sympathy to you. You are in our prayers.

John Vanderkuur
14 days ago

Sad for your loss. Kurt was an amazing man & great friend. I greatly appreciated working with him. My heart is heavy & sad. Prayers for comfort & peace during these difficult times. Peace. -John V.

Shelly Gassner
14 days ago

Kari, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved following your family’s adventures on Facebook. I always heard wonderful things about Kurt. Hugs, Shelly

Becky Jerve
14 days ago

Kari, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and the girls.

Jennifer Kajer
15 days ago

I am so sorry for your loss! What a sad tragedy.

nicholas rosen
15 days ago

Sorry for your loss havent talked to him since the sixth grade may he rest in peace

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