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Gary Lee Switzer

November 4, 1948 — January 22, 2024


Gary Lee Switzer, a man whose life was marked by unwavering courage, selflessness, and passion, passed away on January 22, 2024, in Alliance, Ohio. Born on November 4, 1948, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Roy E. Switzer and Betty L. (Woods) Switzer, Gary's journey through life was one of dedication and service.

A proud 1966 graduate of East Palestine High School, Gary's commitment to his country was evident early on. His 30-year tenure in the United States Navy was a testament to his valor and patriotism. He served two tours in Vietnam and participated in Operation Desert Storm, demonstrating his bravery in times of conflict. Throughout his distinguished military career, Gary was stationed across the United States and abroad in places such as Italy, Hawaii, San Diego, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. His service to the nation was a source of pride for his family and an inspiration to all who knew him.

After retiring from the Navy, Gary's work ethic and sense of duty led him to a position at Salem Republic, where he continued to apply the discipline and leadership skills honed during his service.

Gary was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth (Martin) Switzer, and is survived by his devoted daughter, Dawn Switzer. His twin sister, Karen (Robert) Hatfield, also shares in the legacy of his memory. Gary was a cherished grandfather to Aunisty Switzer and a loving companion to his granddog, Ahsoka, both of whom brought him immense joy and companionship.

Those who knew Gary will remember him as a man who lived his life with a steadfast sense of purpose. His actions, whether in the line of duty or in his personal life, were always guided by a deep-seated courage. Gary's selfless nature was evident in the way he put others before himself, always ready to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. His passion for life was infectious, and he approached each day with a vigor that inspired those around him.

Gary's story is one of a life well-lived and a duty well-fulfilled. He leaves behind a legacy of honor, commitment, and love that will continue to resonate with his family, friends, and all the lives he touched. As we bid farewell to Gary Lee Switzer, we celebrate the indelible mark he has left on our hearts and the world.

Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. His family takes comfort in knowing that he is at peace, reunited with his wife, Ruth, and watching over them with the same steadfast protection he embodied throughout his life.

In reflection of Gary's life, we are reminded of the impact one individual can have through a life of service and kindness. He exemplified the best of what it means to be a patriot, a family man, and a friend. Gary's story is not one of an ending, but a lasting influence that will continue to guide and inspire. May we all strive to embody the virtues that Gary Lee Switzer lived by every day. Rest in peace, noble sailor, your watch has ended, but your legacy sails on.

You may sign the guest register and view the obituary online at Arrangements have been entrusted to Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home, Sebring, 330-938-2526.

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