GENOA - M. Schweitzer, 78, of Genoa died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by his devoted family.|
He was born Aug. 14, 1935, in Beaver Crossing, Nebraska. The son of Orval and Florence (Stutzman) Schweitzer, he married Joy Jennings June 21, 1958, in Elgin.
Born and raised to Mennonite farmers, Mahlon's early years were spent farming in both Nebraska and Pennsylvania. He owned and operated his own dairy farm in Corry, Pennsylvania for 13 years. After moving to Illinois, he worked as a surveyor and spent 20 years as a plant operator for the Fox River Water Reclamation District, from where he retired in 2001. He was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church of South Elgin, as well as a member of the Faith United Methodist Church of Genoa, which he joined after moving to Genoa to be close to family in 2001.
Mahlon enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved gardening, golf and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Schweitzer; three children, Jeffrey (Connie) Schweitzer, Lisa (Douglas) Williams and Kevin (Laurie) Schweitzer; seven grandchildren, Megan, Kaitlin and Ryan Williams, Christina and Matthew Schweitzer, Zachary and Jacob Schweitzer; one sister, Belva (Phil) Jantzi; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Leola Danner and Carol Troyer.
The family would like to thank the Kish Health Systems Hospice for their kind care and compassion shown to Mahlon.
A memorial service will held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24 at the Faith United Methodist Church, 325 S. Stott St., Genoa, with the Rev. Melissa Meyers officiating. Fellowship and a time to greet the family will follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Faith United Methodist Church or the Kish Cancer Center in care of the Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., Genoa, IL 60135.
For information, go to www.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-784-5191.
Published in Daily Chronicle on May 19, 2014