Richard ‘Dick’ Switzer

Richard “Dick” Switzer, 92, of Fostoria, died Friday morning, March 8, 2013, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Fostoria.

He was born June 30, 1920, in Fostoria, to Harold and Gladys (Might) Switzer. He married Phyllis R. Bassett Sept. 25, 1941, in Cumberland, Md., and she died July 24, 2007.

Surviving are two daughters, Sherry (Jim) Klopp of Burgoon and Danna (Robert) Shontz of Fostoria; a brother, Charles (Lila) Switzer of Fostoria; three grandchildren, Kellee (Tim) Hoover, HopeAnn (Matt) Wallace and Robert (Victoria) Kauffman; and four great-grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Grady and Claire.

He also was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Daniel Switzer.

Dick was a 1939 graduate of Fostoria High School and was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church, Fostoria. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the 99th Division, serving during World War II, and received three bronze stars.

Dick retired in 1975 from Union Carbide Co. after 36 years of service. He also owned and operated Switzer Wholesale Floral Shop, Fostoria. He was a former owner and manager of Fostoria’s semi-pro team, the Fostoria Jets, and was a commission scout for the St. Louis Browns baseball team. He was a member of Fostoria VFW and American Legion, 5th District “athletic director,” president of Blanchard Valley “Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge,” a former city council member, a Fostoria athletic booster and a member of the Redmen Club. Dick was time keeper for Fostoria High School football and basketball games for 62 years and was inducted into the Fostoria High School Hall of Fame.

His funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, 301 W. Tiffin, St., Fostoria, (419) 435-8118, with the Rev. Beth Zuehlke officiating. Burial will follow at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, where military honors will be conducted by the United Veterans of Fostoria.

Friends may call 1-4 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Fostoria Redmen Club, First Presbyterian Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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