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Christopher R Princko

Christopher R Princko

Christopher R. Princko, age 51, of Elmwood, died Tuesday April 26, 2022, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN

Chris was born May 15, 1970, in Menomonie.  He was the son of Richard and Rita (Franklin) Princko and grew up in Elmwood.  Chris attended the University of WI-Stevens Point for a year.  Chris worked as a welder and worked for various companies, traveling through the country.  For the past several years, Chris owned and operated his own welding business, Princko Welding, based in Elmwood

Chris enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and working on projects in his garage.  He was always willing to lend a hand to family and friends.

Chris is survived by his parents, Richard & Rita of Elmwood, a sister, Lisa; a niece, Katie (Sean) Stoudt, great nieces, Grace and Addilyn, great nephew, John, his beloved dog, Duke, and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Friday May 13, 2022, at Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood.

A private family burial service will be held at a later date.


  1. Tanya Maves

    Richard, Rita, Lisa and Duke...

    My heart is heavy for all of Chris’s family and friends. This guy had a personality that was larger than life and a person couldn’t help but enjoy being around him. He was funny without even trying to be. Chris was easy to look at and made a motorcycle look pretty sweet. I will miss him stopping for a chat while out and about on a ride. He will be missed by all who knew him, and I’m blessed to of had him as a friend. Happy Harleying in Heaven, Princko!

    Love, prayers and always in my heart.


  2. Jason Afdahl

    Rita and Dick,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent for your family.

  3. Amy Wayne

    All of my sympathy to Rita and to the Family!

  4. Scott Lien

    Rita and Richard may God bring you peace. I am so sorry for your loss. Chris and I were "across the alley" buddies from kindergarten through high school digging in the dirt, practicing how to throw and catch, and learning how to drive. Although I hadn't seen Chris for probably over 20 years, you just don't ever forget that stuff. Chris, long may you run...

  5. Nick and Sue (Wolf) Sperger

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  6. Betty Hawkins

    Richard and Rita, words cannot express how sorry I am hearing of Chris' passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  7. Susan/Phil Dzubay

    Rita & Richard, So very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. May all your happy memories of Chris keep him forever in your heart & give you comfort during this difficult time.

  8. Russ and Rita Bennett

    We are sending our sincere sympathy to you and your family.

  9. Sharyn Berg

    Our sympathy to Chris’ family-He was such an awesome guy! RIP Chris

  10. Christine Polzer

    Rest In Peace Chris, I was so sad to hear of your passing. You had the biggest heart. My deepest sympathies and many prayers to Richard, Rita , Duke and all family and friends. ????

  11. Trevor Dillon

    So sad to hear about Chris! He was a great friend of mine. He helped me out in lacrosse for a year and a half. He taught me all of great tips and tricks to welding.. He will be missed greatly!

  12. Gina Zurek

    So sorry for your loss. He will be missed.

  13. marge binkowski

    Our hearts are breaking for you, Richard, Rita, Lisa and all. Sincere Sympathy. Marge and Tony and Anthony

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