SWITZER - Charles A. Of Grand Island, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2013 after a brief illness. He was 87. He was born in Niagara Falls on September 2, 1926, a son of the late Charles A. and Marion (Miller) Switzer, Sr. Chuck attended local schools and graduated from LaSalle Jr/Sr. High School in 1944. After serving in the Navy during WWII
, and graduating from Purdue University
he began to work for Great Lakes Carbon Corporation as a plant engineer. After a wonderful 34 year career, he retired in 1984 as Vice President of International Operations. He is survived by his loving wife Martha (Johnstone) Switzer: his two children; Ron (Laura) Switzer of Danbury, CT and Jane Switzer of Powell, OH and his daughter-in-law Rosemary Switzer of Webster, NY. He is also survived by his sister Joyce Switzer of Lewiston; five grandchildren; Ed, Samantha, Vicki, Greg, and Lauren Switzer and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved son Robert (Rosemary) Switzer and four siblings: Mildred Switzer, Muriel Bauer, Edward (Sandy) Switzer, and Elizabeth (Paul) Beatty. Friends may call at the LANE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 8622 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 4-8 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, 2587 Baseline Road, Grand Island, New York 14072. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Riverdale Cemetery in the Town of Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to St. Martin in the Fields, or the
, 197 Summer Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14222.