Melvin Walter Schweizer, 95


Melvin Walter Schweizer, 95, of rural Witt, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, at 11:50 a.m.

Visitation will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Nokomis on Friday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. Funeral services will follow Saturday’s visitation at 11 a.m. at the church.

Mr. Schweizer was born April 21, 1926, the son of Walter and Edna (Engelhart) Schweizer. He married Delores Weber on Aug. 27, 1950 at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He was a devout Christian and a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he and his wife were baptized and attended parochial school. They were married in the same country church. He was an active participant in many church activities and held various offices at the church. 

Mr. Schweizer was an Army veteran, serving two years in the Korean conflict.  The son of a dairy farmer, he farmed his entire life and served on the Prairie Farms board of directors from 1963 to 2003; and held the title of president and board chairman from 1972 to 1999. He was involved with the farm bureau, various community boards and served as an advocate for the dairy industry.  He received recognition as a Master Farmer in 1998.

Mr. Schweizer is survived by his wife Delores; children Cheryl (husband Jim) Stanton of Taylorville, Kathie (husband Marc) Easterday of Nokomis, Steven (wife Jana) Schweizer of Edwardsville, Mark (wife Lisa) Schweizer of Nokomis, and Julie (husband Kurt) Johnson of Edwardsville; sister Alberta Quattlander; brother Charles Schweizer; 15 grandchildren, Jeremy, Megan, Darla, Joni, Michael, Kari, Greg, Jeff, Kyle, Kassie, Krista, Kyra, Erik, Johanna and Jason; and 23 greatgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister Wilma Hagemeier.

Memorials are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School in East St. Louis.