OLEAN - Robert L. Sweitzer, of 2633 McCann Hollow Road, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 30, 2013) at The Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center in Olean.
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Born May 4, 1933, in Olean, he was the son of the late Raymond and Della Sweitzer. On Sept. 28, 1957, in Olean, he married the former Gail Louise Pepperdine, who survives.
A graduate of Olean High School, class of 1951, Mr. Sweitzer started his banking career in February 1951 with the former Olean Trust Company. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 1952 during the Korean War and served for four years, first at Cabiness Field Air Training Base, and for the last two years on the U.S.S. Rowan, a destroyer in the South Pacific.
His 38-year banking career continued after his discharge from the Navy in 1956. Subsequent mergers with Citizens National Bank and Trust Company and Key Bank of Western New York followed, with Mr. Sweitzer retiring in 1987 as vice president. After retirement, he worked as a real estate agent for Brook and Chase Real Estate Services Inc. and later for Jones Realty Group, both in Olean.
Long active in local, county and state organizations, he was a councilman for the town of Olean for 38 years; and a lifetime member of the Olean Chamber of Commerce and Olean American Legion Post 530. Other civic affiliations included serving on the first parish council of St. Mary of the Angels Church, president of Cattaraugus County Banking Association, treasurer and board member of the Olean Chamber of Commerce, board member of the EDZ Corporation, first president of OYAH Corporation, vice president and director of the Miss New York State Pageant, member of the Board of Governors of the American Institute of Banking, treasurer and charter member of the Southern Tier Enterprise Development Corporation, Bartlett County Club, Elks Club and many other affiliations.
Mr. Sweitzer attended several banking schools including the Consumer Development and Executive Development Schools at West Point. He was also a graduate of Independent Bankers School at Ball State University, EDP School at Marine Midland Bank and attended several years at the American Institute of Banking Classes.
Surviving besides his wife are one son, Patrick (Barbara) Sweitzer of Olean; two daughters, Susan Miller and Lynn Sweitzer, both of Olean; six grandchildren, Sarah, Jessica, and Christine Sweitzer, Alex Miller, Safia Javed and Ava Borer; two great-grandchildren, Norah and Lillian Sweitzer; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, June O'Dell; and brother-in-law, Edward O'Dell.
Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Casey, Halwig, & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean on Saturday (Nov. 2, 2013) at 11 a.m. Father Gregory Dobson, pastor, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery with full military honors being accorded by the Allegany American Legion Ritual Team.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Town of Olean Fire Department, 1297 Old Rock City Road, Olean, NY 14760; the Dr. Lyle F. Renodin Foundation. Inc., an affiliate of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, 115 E. Main St. Allegany, NY 14706; or to St. Mary of the Angels Church, 202 S. Union St., Olean, NY 14760. Online condolences may be expressed at www.oleanfuneralhome.com.
Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
3128 Nys Route 417 W
Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Nov. 1, 2013