Walter Lee Switzer
Dec 20, 1927 ~ Jul 21, 2013
Walter Switzer, 85, of Modesto, passed away peacefully after an extended illness. Walter was born in Waterford, CA to Ralph and Jessie Switzer, one of eight children. He attended Waterford and Oakdale Schools. He joined the US Merchant Marine and served in many locations here and abroad delivering food and supplies to US military bases.
In 1950, Walt married Marilyn Steyer, and they were married over 63 years. He had worked in the grocery business for 42 years. Walt enjoyed golfing and playing cards. He was a member of the Oakdale Golf & Country Club for many years as well as the Waterford Lions Club and the Modesto Elks Club.
Mr. Switzer loved his family. He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters, Edna Soler and Peggi Franklin. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Switzer, son Douglas (Cathy) Switzer, daughter Paula (Randy) McElroy, grandchildren, James Switzer, Stacy Lee, Christin Moon and Tiffany McElroy, 3 great grandchildren, 2 brothers Gordon Switzer and Bill Switzer, and 3 sisters: Ethel Nielsen, Norma Kelley, and Jeannie Calkins.
There will be a Celebration of Walt's Life at Community Baptist Church of Waterford August 9, 2013 at 6:30pm. For friends who are able to honor Walt with Memorial Contributions, please designate gifts to the Community Baptist Church, 328 D Street, Waterford CA 95386. Please leave memories and condolences at www.allenmortuary.com.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Aug. 2, 2013