Richard Schweitzer

1934 - 2020

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Richard (Dick) E. Schweitzer, of Findlay passed away on September 12, 2020 at Blanchard Valley Hospital at the age of 86. Richard was born on the family farm in Leipsic, Ohio on July 9, 1934 to Paul and Dorotha (Kagy) Schweitzer. He was married to Marilyn Ricketts who preceded him in death. They were married on February 24, 1957 at Howard Methodist Church in Findlay, Ohio. He has two sons, Steven Bradley (Renee) of Castle Rock, Colorado and Mark Darrin (Elaine) of Monticello, Illinois. Richard enjoyed the joy and energy of two grandchildren Shelby and Harrison. Mr. Schweitzer graduated from Leipsic High School in 1952 and went to work for Hiegel Grain & Feed in Leipsic. In 1956 he served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal serving his duty in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1957 he graduated from the International Business College and joined The Ohio Oil Company as an accountant. In 1991 Richard retired from Marathon Oil Company after 35 years of service. He spent most of his career in the accounting and computer departments. He designed the audit program for the computer systems at Marathon and became the first manager of the department. He was a Certified Internal Auditor and was President of the Association of Internal Auditors in Toledo, Ohio. Mr. Schweitzer was an avid and well-known gardener around the state. Richard was the first person to become a Certified Master Gardener in Hancock County. He was an accredited horticultural Judge and instructed numerous horticulture judging classes around the U.S. He was a lifelong member of the National Gardeners Organization and was a founding member of the Hancock County Master Gardeners Club and proudly became its first member. Dick had the strong desire and couldn’t refuse the opportunity to judge flowers, fruits and vegetables at horticulture shows, County and State fairs around the Midwest. An additional passion that put him on the map for many individuals was every year he raised specialty popcorn and pressed apple cider. Each fall people would travel to visit him for a glass of cider, a bowl of popcorn and of course one of his many stories while sitting around the barn. Richard and Marilyn were members of First Lutheran Church in Findlay for over 65 years. He served on Church Council for three terms, as Sunday School Superintendent and helped establish the Endowment Committee. He was extremely proud of both of his children and both of his grandchildren to all be baptized at First Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio. A private graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 16 at Center Cemetery, Leipsic, OH with Pastor Bob Cochran officiating and the Leipsic VFW & Legion to perform full military rites. A post-Covid celebration of life will be held for both Dick & Marilyn at First Lutheran Church in Findlay, Ohio. Details to be provided in the future. All arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. Online condolences to the family are welcomed by visiting www.coldrencrates.com


Service Information

  • Graveside Service:

    Wednesday, September 16th 2020 - 10:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Center Cemetery [Map]

    Leipsic, Ohio

  • Final Resting Place:

    Center Cemetery, Leipsic [Map]

    Leipsic, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    Alzheimer's Foundation of America
    322 Eighth Avenue, 16th Floor
    New York, NY 10001

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To : Steve Mark
Date :Monday, September 14th 2020
From : Loretta Arrington Stoner
Steve & Mark,
Sorry to read about Dick...so soon after your Mom. He was one of my favorite cousins.
He & Marilyn are now together once again. They are in a good place.
My condolences.



To : Steve Mark
Date :Monday, September 14th 2020
From : Debbie Schnipke Butler
Sorry to hear of Uncle Dick and Aunt Marilyn passing. I think of them often. Love and condolences to your family. Take care always,
Deb ❤️



To : Steve Mark
Date :Monday, September 14th 2020
From : Debbie Schnipke Butler
Sorry to hear of Uncle Dick and Aunt Marilyn passing. I think of them often. Love and condolences to your family. Take care always,
Deb ❤️



To : Steve Mark
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Dick Cramer
So sorry for your parents passing. We were long time friends. I always enjoyed visiting them whenever I got to Findlay.



To : Steve Mark
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Tom Goodwin
Steve & Mark-
So sorry to hear about both your parents' passing.
Tom Goodwin



To : Steve Mark
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Dan and Pam Perry
Sorry to hear about your mom and dad.
They were great friends for a long time



To : Mark Steve families
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Pete Fitzgerald
Mark & Steve,

I can't express enough how sorry I was to hear of your Dad's passing. We hope you and your families find peace in his memory and in knowing he's reunited with your Mom.



To : Steve and Mark
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Dan Kathy Mowrey
So sorry for your loss...your dad was one of a kind and will be missed. Please accept our sincere condolences.



To : Steve Mark
Date :Tuesday, September 15th 2020
From : Dan and Pam Perry
Sorry to hear about your mom and dad.
They were great friends for a long time



To : Steven and Mark and families
Date :Wednesday, September 16th 2020
From : Diane Smith
So sad to learn of Dick's passing Now he and Marilyn are together again. Praise the Lord. What a wonderful life he lived. You boys should be proud of your parents and I know you are.
Blessings to all of you.
Diane



To : Steve Mark
Date :Monday, September 28th 2020
From : Deb Morella
I am so sorry to hear about both of your parent's passing. They were special people, so welcoming and caring. Your dad, especially, teaching me about gardening, both vegetable and flowers, and introducing me to kolorabi!! Take care.

Deb



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