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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Frank W. Switzer, Sr., 90, Willow St., Port Allegany, PA

Frank W. Switzer, Sr.
Frank W. Switzer, Sr., 90, Willow St., Port Allegany, PA passed away Wednesday (Feb. 11, 2015) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

WWII Vet
Born August 30, 1924, in Mifflintown, PA, he was a son of William E. and Mable Wright Switzer. On Jan. 24, 1948, in Mifflintown, he married M. Vivian Gaul, who survives. They were married 67 years.

Frank graduated from Juniata High School, Class of 1942, and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, Class of 1947, where he graduated Cum Laude.

He was a funeral director in Lewistown, PA, Lemoyne, PA, and since 1956 in Port Allegany. In 1971, he took over the Gallup Funeral Home, and has been involved with the family business ever since. He was a licensed funeral director for 65 years.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Port Allegany, a 50 year member of the F. & A.M. Liberty Lodge 505, Port Allegany, member of Coudersport Consistory, former member and director of the Smethport Country Club, and member of the Couples League. He was also a former member of the Port Allegany Exchange Club and the Port Allegany Rotary Club.

He was a veteran of WWII, having served with the US Navy. He served aboard several ships, and traveled in the North Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans, and visited Russia, Belgium, Scotland and France during his tour.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Vivian, are a son, Frank W. (Pamela) Switzer, Jr. of Port Allegany, a daughter, Marsha V. Jordan of Mishawaka, IN; three grandchildren, Derek (Sara) Switzer of Chevy Chase, MD, Brian (Jenna) Switzer of Erie, PA, Stacey Donica of Mishawaka, IN; and three great granddaughters, Angelina Jordan, Mya Donica and Claire Switzer; a sister, Shirley Houtz; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers, Charles, Woodrow, Jay, Junior, Robert, Joseph Switzer and two infant brothers; 8 sisters, Mary Fesler, Ardith Yeisley, Mildred Schmidt, Leone Potter, Jane Street, Lois Harris, Betty Carter, and an infant sister.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 15, 2015) with Rev. Michael Culver, pastor of the First Baptist Church, and Rev. H.D. Youngblood, Jr., co-officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences can be made to: 
Vivian Switzer
77 Willow St.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your service.. Rest in peace

Anonymous said...

Frank helped countless families through their time of grief. May the Lord be with all of his family now during their time of need.