Obituary: Lawrence Peter William Switzer
July 8, 2022
Lawrence Peter William Switzer, 94, of Cromwell passed away on Monday, July 4, 2022 in Villa Vista. He was born on Oct. 4, 1927, in Holyoke to Orval and Nellsena Switzer. He was raised in Holyoke until he was 9 and moved to Kerrick in 1939. In 1943 the family moved to Kettle River. On Aug. 4, 1956, Lawrence married Charlotte Dickhoff in Mora. Lawrence farmed most of his life with his dad, purchasing the farm in Kettle River in 1956. He hauled milk from 1951 to 1955. Lawrence worked construction in his early life and was a custodian and bus driver for Kalevala School from 1965 to 1970. From 1970 to 1977 he worked at Old Home Creamery in Moose Lake and then worked in Duluth hauling fuel up the North Shore until 1983. He farmed until 1990 before he retired. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sandstone. He spent winters in Arizona from 1985 to 1995 and then in Texas from 1998 to 2005.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Charlotte; daughter Karen; grandson Danny; great-grandson, Isaiah; brothers Robert, Philipp, Harlen and Roger; and sister Marion. Lawrence will be missed by his children Rolland (Nancy) of Esko, Morgan (Monika) of Kettle River and Karmen of Tucson, Arizona; grandchildren Nicole (Jackie), Elizabeth (Joey), Melissa, Ryan (Stephanie), Carl, Emily (Sam), Dylan (Lindsey), Elliott, Addison, Tony (Ali), Nikole, Mary, Jessica (Cory) and Branden; great-grandchildren Zachary, Hayden, Uriyah, Brendyn, Maxwell, Gracie, Jameson, Hudson, Cayden, Malaya, Hayden, Kaylee, Abigail, Addison, Hailey, Alexis, Emily, Brianna and Logan; sisters Rudy Tischer and Garnet Oswald, both of Pine City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. memorial service Monday, July 11 in Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. Burial will be in Eagle Lake Cemetery in Cromwell at a later date. Due to construction on 14th Street, please use the temporary back entrance to the funeral home off 12th Street; access from Doddridge Avenue. To sign the guestbook and leave an online tribute, see http://www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.