Alexander Switalski
Alexander Switalski

Obituary of Alexander Andrew Switalski

Alexander A. Switalski of Flushing, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at his home with his wife and loved ones by his side. Alex was born January 16, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Walter and Sophia (Krzyzak) Switalski. In 1928 the family moved to a farm in Gaylord where he grew up. He attended Red School and graduated from St. Mary High School, and then entered the Army. Alex was a proud WWII Veteran and served as a courier during the Occupation of Japan from 1945-1947 until he was honorably discharged. Alex worked for AC Spark Plug factory in Flint from 1952 until he retired in 1982. On October 7, 1970 he married the love of his life, Vera Putman at St. Robert Catholic Church in Flushing. Alex and Vera shared close to 50 years together. He was an avid gardener, woodworker and photographer. Alex had a love for nature. He built nesting boxes for bluebirds and placed them around surrounding areas in hopes of bringing them back to the area. In his early years, he also trained Carrier Pigeons. He was a supporter of many organizations including The VFW, Gaylord Knights of Columbus, The NRA and The International Beagle Federation where he won several awards. Alex showed kindness to everyone he met and became a grandpa to the neighborhood children. He is survived by his wife, Vera; his dog, Buddy; a sister, Marcella and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Margaret Smolarz; and his brothers, Leon, Thomas and Leonard. Cremation has taken place. Private burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbiaville, Michigan.
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