Darrel L. Schweitzer, 76, of State Highway 77, Centerville, Pa., died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, at Wesbury United Methodist Community in Meadville, Pa.
He was born Sept. 1, 1944, in Corry, Pa., 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 and 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, then 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 March 20, 1965, in Indianapolis, Ind.; three daughters, Lisa Shafer and her husband Jack of Tamaqua, Pa.; Lori Peterson and her husband Ryan of Spartansburg, Pa., and Jody Miehl and her husband Nick of Salem, Ore.; a son, Gregory Schweitzer and his wife Lori of Spartansburg, Pa.; two sisters, Roberta Miller and her husband David of Conneaut Lake, Pa., and Janet Miller and her husband Terry of Union City, Pa.; and a brother, Milton Schweitzer and his wife Drescilla of Spartansburg, Pa.
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 www.mcc.org.
Arrangements are under the care of Bracken Funeral Home Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.
To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.