Darrel L. Schweitzer, 76, of state Route 77, Centerville, died on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville.
He was born on Sept. 1, 1944 in Corry, a son of the late Leroy and Fern Stoltzfus Schweitzer.
Darrel was raised and educated in Spartansburg and graduated from Spartansburg High School in 1962. He went into service with the Mennonite Church. He was stationed in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he met his wife, Christine. After service, Darrel worked in insurance. In 1970, he returned to Spartansburg with his family to operate a dairy farm alongside his brother. Darrel retired from farming in 1991. He then worked as a loan officer for Farm Credit, until retiring in 1996.
He was a member of the Valley View Mennonite Church in Spartansburg. Darrel served on various boards, including the Ohio Conference of the Mennonite Church, NFG #2 Credit Union in Warren and other agricultural organizations. He enjoyed farming on Britton Run with his brother, son and grandchildren, anything related to agriculture, golfing, his dogs, going for rides and traveling with his family.
In addition to his parents, Darrel was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mallory Curtis.
Darrel is survived by his wife, Christine Dahl Schweitzer, whom he married on March 20, 1965 in Indianapolis, Indiana; three daughters, Lisa Shafer and her husband, Jack, of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, Lori Peterson and her husband, Ryan, of Spartansburg, and Jody Miehl and her husband, Nick, of Salem, Oregon; a son, Gregory Schweitzer and his wife, Lori, of Spartansburg; two sisters, Roberta Miller and her husband, David, of Conneaut Lake, and Janet Miller and her husband, Terry, of Union City, and a brother, Milton Schweitzer and his wife, Drescilla, of Spartansburg.
He is also survived by 13 grandchildren; Janan, Dallas, Garret, Sara, Emily, Amanda, Bradley, Megan, Myla, Davin, Ellery, Freya and Zayda; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee at mcc.org.
Arrangements are under the care of the Bracken Funeral Home, Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.
To sign the guest book or send condolences, visit brackenfh.com.