Harold Wayne Schweitzer
Harold Wayne Schweitzer, age 69 of Springfield, Missouri passed away suddenly on the morning of August 25, 2014 in his home he shared with his wife of 41 years, Diana (Fuqua) Schweitzer.
Wayne was born December 12, 1944 in Ottumwa, Iowa to Harold and Dorothy Schweitzer who preceded him in death. He graduated from Pekin High School in 1963 and attended the University of Iowa graduating from the College of Pharmacy in 1968. He married Diana on the 25th of March 1973 and they have 3 daughters. He was employed as a pharmacist at the Martin Drug in Fairfield, Iowa and also worked in Council Bluffs, Iowa; Maryville, St. Joseph and Albany, Missouri. He retired from Cox Health in Springfield, Missouri as a staff pharmacist and continued relief work at Dan's Discount Drug and Integrity Home Health up until his death.
He was a loving husband, father, papa and brother who enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his grandchildren grow and attending Springfield and St. Louis Cardinals baseball games. Wayne was an avid baritone member of the Show-Me Statesmen barbershop chorus for 21 years. He was also a member of Christ Episcopal Church and a Springfield Cardinals season ticket holder for 10 years. Wayne was loved by all who knew him mostly for his joking personality and infectious smile. He never met a stranger and will be missed by so many.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Diana, their 3 daughters, Catherine Schweitzer of Hollister, MO, Elizabeth Mendenhall (fiancé-Russ Dempsey), and Maria (Josh) Holstein both of Springfield, MO. He has 4 grandchildren, Kiley, Amelia, Hayden and Emma. He is also survived by his brother Glenn (Judy) Schweitzer of Hedrick, IA, sisters Janice (Ed) Bailey of Rochester, MN, Judith (Mel) Whitmore of Fairfield, IA and Nancy Lee of Marion, IA. Diana's cousin Bill (Diane) Luxford was a lifelong friend of his. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life visitation will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 6-8pm at the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home at 1947 East Seminole, Springfield, MO 65804. To support Wayne's love of Cardinals baseball we encourage all in attendance to the visitation to wear your Cardinals red. His funeral will be held on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11am at Christ Episcopal Church at 601 East Walnut, Springfield, MO 65806. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to the Cardinals Care Fund (to help local children in need) can be made through their website at www.cardinalscare.org.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole
Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, 2014