Raymond E. Switzer III, age 76 of Maryville, born Oct. 25, 1937, in Pittsburgh, Pa., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife: Avis Janette (Watson) Switzer of Maryville; two sons: Raymond Earl (Lynn) Switzer IV of Troy and Chris Lee Switzer of Edwardsville; two step-sons: Mark D. (Dawn) Crabtree of Granite City and James Allen (Kris) Crabtree of Glen Carbon; a granddaughter: Lisa Switzer and two step-great-grandchildren: Emma Leigh and Gregory Scott.
Ray was a veteran of the United States Navy
and was a member of Labor Local Union 179-397. In 1967 he helped build SIU and retired in 1985. He was a personal friend and aid to Senator Sam Vadalabene for 20 years. He was a member of Illinois Ironworkers and in 1965 was involved in the construction of the Gateway Arch.
Services were conducted at Barry Wilson Funeral Home in Maryville.