Richard P. Switala
December 26, 1931 - December 31, 2017
Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Skidway Lake.
St. Stephens Catholic Church
Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Skidway Lake
Richard (Pretz) Theophil Switala, age 86 of Alger, formerly of Bay City, passed away on December 31, 2017 at Saginaw Covenant Cooper. He was born December 26, 1931 in Bay City to Theophil & Mary (Wojciehowski) Switala. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he was the recipient of The Silver Star and a Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters. On October 3, 1953, he married the love of his life Geraldine Liss. He was an accomplished carpenter and then the maintenance man for Visitation Catholic Church in Bay City. He remained there for over 28 years until his retirement in 1989. They moved to the Alger area in 1995. Richard was a member of St. Stephen of Hungary Catholic Church in Skidway Lake and the American Legion. He loved his family. One would often find four generations around the table playing 31 and enjoying his specialty, the best potato pancakes ever. He built beautiful bird houses which can now be found throughout the country. Feeding the birds in his yard and watching Jeopardy were always popular pastimes.
Richard is survived by his devoted wife Geraldine of Alger; children Eileen (Wayne) Kight of Panama City, FL, Gregory Switala of Bay City, Anne Switala of Alger, Philip (Lori) Switala of Panama City, FL, Mary (Timothy) Frank of Phoenix, AZ. “Papa Pretz” has 24 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter; his sister Janet Le Vasseur of Bay City, sister-in-law Joyce Switala of Kawkawlin, many loved nieces and nephews, special friends Rich & Jane Nietzel of Bay City and countless others. He was preceded in death by his parents; Theophil and Mary, siblings Victor Piesik, Edward Piesik, Norbert Switala, Dorothy Perry, Gertrude Macijewski, and Virginia Parker.
Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Skidway Lake. A funeral mass will be said at 11:00 am at the church with Fr. Joseph Ortega and Fr. George Serour concelebrating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital