Robert Charles Schweitzer, 93, Defiance, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 27, 2019, at the CHP Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born in Defiance, Ohio, the son of the late Frank A. and Bertha J. (Nye) Schweitzer. He was a graduate of Defiance High School and the United States Army Signal Corps, where he served with the Development Detachment of the Engineering Laboratories. He began his career at All Star Products in Defiance and became a production supervisor. He was a former Minuteman Fireman with the Defiance Fire Department, a lifetime member of the Defiance Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Association. He was a military support member of the Fort Defiance VFW Post 3360 and a member of the Tinora Music Boosters. Adored by his family, beloved by friends and his community. Bob never met a stranger; he would talk to and help anyone whose path crossed his.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where, in 1962, he married the love of his life, Shirley Ann (Friend), who survives. He also is survived by his children, Teresa Anne Schweitzer, Santa Rosa, Calif.; Jennifer Anne Schweitzer-Ahmed (Mahtab Ahmed), Defiance, Ohio; Andrew Charles Schweitzer, (Dr. Kellee {Gooden} Schweitzer), Toledo, Ohio; and Anthony Charles Schweitzer, (Sheila {McCoy} Schweitzer), Redwood City, Calif.

He enjoyed most of all, doting on his grandchildren, Madeleine Anne Schweitzer, Lilly Anne Ahmed, Benjamin David Schweitzer, Erica Jeban Ahmed, Grayson Charles Schweitzer (deceased), and Scarlett Josephine Schweitzer.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Richard (Kathy) Schweitzer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers and sisters, Francis (Frank) Schweitzer, Paul Schweitzer, Norbert (Dutch) Schweitzer, Richard (Dick) Schweitzer, Agatha Schweitzer and Helen Rauch.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2019, at St. John Catholic Church, with Father John Stites officiating. Visitation is today, June 2, 2019, from 2-8 p.m. at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, with a scripture service at 7 p.m. Visitation is also from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to Shriners Hospital for Children, Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center or the Defiance Fire Department toward maintenance of the 1926 fire truck. Online condolences may be shared at

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