Bernard I. Schweitzer, 81, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:05 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born May 2, 1930, in Pusheta Township, Auglaize County, the son of Lucille (Steinke) and Alfred Schweitzer, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 25, 1955, he married Virginia Gerstner, and she survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Karen Frost, of Kettering; a son, Bruce (Diane) Schweitzer, of Crescent Springs, Ky.; a son-in-law, Stephen Brown, of Waterville; seven grandchildren, Stephanie (Brett) Boyce, Andrea Brown, Amanda Frost, Brian Frost, Bret Schweitzer, Blaine Schweitzer and Benjamin Schweitzer; and a brother, Virgil (Pat) Schweitzer, of Wapakoneta.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Brown; and two sisters, Eileen Wehrle and Jeanette Severt.
Bernie retired as a meter reader in May 31, 1993, after 17 years service with the city of Wapakoneta. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, and a 1949 graduate of St. Joseph High School, both of Wapakoneta. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1272, Wapakoneta, and a Fourth Degree Knight of the St. Gaspar del Bufalo Knights of Columbus, Minster.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Korean War, and was a member of the American Legion, Post 330, Wapakoneta. He served on the St. Joseph Cemetery Board, and was a Resurrection Mass server at St. Joseph. He volunteered at Auglaize Acres and the St. Joseph Adoration Chapel, and was an offertory gift bearer at church. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 a.m., Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post 8445.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the church or the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.