Peter Switzer

May 12, 1947 - March 5, 2024

Peter Switzer, 76, passed away on March 5, 2024.

Peter was born May 12, 1947. He was the son of Brantley and Vera Switzer, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, James Switzer and Charles Switzer; son in law, George Russell; and the mother of his children, Cynthia Ann Mize. Peter was a graduate of Northside High School. He served in the Navy on the USS Newport News during the Vietnam War as an Electrical Repairman earning 2 Bronze stars and a National Defense Medal.  Peter served as store manager of Woolworths and Hop In, and sales distributer for Toms and Keebler. He then went to work as a truck driver for Mayflower. He spent many years on the road and had lots of stories to tell. Peters nickname within the New Smyrna Beach community was Pistol, a nickname given to him by his son in law Geo. He enjoyed spending time with his dogs Scrappy and Roxy. Peter loved fishing, golfing, watching Fox News, and spending time with family and friends in both Virginia and Florida. His love for golf started in childhood and he started caddying at the age of 15 at the Roanoke Country Club. He would play all throughout his adult life and always loved watching golf on TV. He played pool and was the team Captain for many winning teams for 15 years in Edgewater for the pool league, APA. In 2007, his team, The Sharks, won the District Championship and made it to the longed for National Championship tournament in Vegas along with his daughter Jamie on his team. His greatest love was for his daughters.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Tonia Phillips and her husband Jeff, Jamie Russell, Mary Switzer and Mitchell Moore; grandson, Garrett Russell; granddaughters, Macy Tepper and her husband Alex, Morgan Russell, Anya Moore, Blayne Moore, and Cadence Moore; brother, Robert Switzer and his wife Katherine Switzer; and nieces, nephews and their families.

The family will receive friends at Lotz Funeral Home in Salem on Friday, March 15, 2024 from 12:00 until 1:00 pm. A funeral service which will be livestreamed will follow in the chapel of Lotz Funeral Home in Salem at 1:00 pm. Burial with military honors will be in Sherwood Memorial Park.

The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to Select Specialty Hospital in Daytona Beach for their dedication and care. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.