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.
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