Harry  Switch


Harry Switch, 94, of Welch, WV, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 at Westwood Rehabilitation Center, Bluefield, VA. Born September 26, 1924 in Eckman, WV, he was the son of the late Paul and Mary Tydaschuk Switch.
He was a proud veteran of World War II and one of the last veterans of WWII in Welch; serving in the U.S. Marine Corps 1st Marine Division in the Pacific Theater; Okinawa, and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was retired from U.S. Steel Mining Operations at the Gary Preparation Plant as shift foreman and at Pinnacle Preparation Plant as Superintendent; retiring in 1982. He was actively involved in the community as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 6180 of Welch, WV; and a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly of Princeton, WV. He was a member of the American Legion Post 38 Gary, the Veterans of Foreign Wars post 8413, and the Disabled American Veterans chapter 56 of WV. He was a member of St Peter Catholic Church and a resident of Welch for fifty-eight years. He served on the Board of Directors for the Welch Gas Co-Op.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by, one daughter, Sharon Blackburn, sisters, Anne Beront, Ethel Dillon, Julia Herring, Stella Lambert, brothers, Frank Perfin, Lee Switch, John Switch, Mike Switch, Steve Switch, Paul Switch. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Survivors include, his loving wife of 69 years Anna Hornick Switch, of the home, three daughters, Mary C. Cook and husband Carl of Narrows, VA, Barbara Baker and husband Sam of Princeton, WV, Judy Inscore and husband Jackie of Clayton, N.C., one son in law, W. Douglas Blackburn Jr. of Richmond, VA, six grandchildren, W.D. Blackburn III, Kelly Charles, Denise Carvalho, William Larry Lockhart Jr., Benjamin Baker and Madalyn Grose, great grandchildren, Victoria, Brittany Hannah, Maksim, Abigail, Mateus, and Baker; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Our Family would like to thank his special caregivers that loved him dearly, Wilma Johnston and Paula Burnoski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Princeton, with Father Greg Lyttle celebrant.
Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. till 12:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Princeton WV. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Bluewell WV; where Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by V.F.W. Post 1144 of Iaeger, WV. Ben Baker, W. Larry Lockhart, Doug Blackburn III, Sam Baker, Jackie Inscore, Garin Grose, Stanley Roberts, Benito Aguirre, will serve as pallbearers; Honorary Pallbearer will be Carl Cook.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like Memorial Contributions made to McDowell Visitors and Veterans Center, P.O. Box 303, Kimball, WV 24853, or McDowell County Animal Shelter, 109 Dog bone Dr., Superior, WV 24801.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fanningfuneralhomes.com
Fanning Funeral Home of Welch is serving the Switch Family.
Published on February 9, 2019
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6 posts

Mike & Marsha Krajc
Feb 15, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about Harry’s passing. He was a great man who I worked with at the Preperation Plant in Gary for years and we had many good times at church in Welch. May God be with your family.
David H. Corcoran, Sr.
Feb 13, 2019
Dear Ann and Family,
I am so saddened by the passing of Harry, who was always a good friend, Brother Knight, and expert poker player (much fun) after our K. of C. meetings. Moreover, I feel indebted to you and Harry for your friendship and kindnesses to me over the years I lived in Welch (1980-1990). Nevertheless, my condolences go out to all of you in the Switch and Hornick families and you will all be in my prayers.
Joan Mosko
Feb 12, 2019
I'm so sorry to learn of Harry's passing. I knew Harry from my dad, George, being a 4th Degree Knight at the Welch post. They were also Marines, though my dad served in Korea. Every time I saw Harry, we always talked about the Knights and/or Marine Corps events. He will be so missed. May perpetual light shine upon Harry and may his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

May his family find comfort in his memory.

Semper Fidelis, Marine!
Shelby Thompson
Feb 11, 2019
Sorry for your loss. May God bless you all. Harry was a good friend.
He was so helpful with the establishment of Miracle Mountain.
David Ramella
Feb 11, 2019
He took a lot of pride with his yard on Stewart Street. Best yard on the street. We will all miss him.
Ann Conte
Feb 10, 2019
Our hearts reach out to all of you in sympathy and prayers!!