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Obituary for Harvey Robert Schwitzer

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Harvey Robert Schwitzer

April 28, 1926 - May 3, 2016

Harvey Robert Schwitzer passed away May 3, 2016 at his daughter’s home in Layton, Utah.  He was born April 28, 1926 in Denison, Iowa to Robert F. Schwitzer and Hedwig Rosa Amelia Jaacks.


Harvey married Gloria Jane Spiers October 30, 1946.  Their marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on August 9, 1948.  Gloria died of cancer on August 15, 1977.  Harvey later married Marilyn Regina Miller.


Harvey worked as a trust officer for Commercial Security Bank and later moved to California where he worked for Security Pacific Bank.


He was a World War II Veteran and served in the Navy as a signalman.  His love for his country flowed over into his enthusiasm for politics.  He never failed to “vote”.


He loved to read and was always willing to share his insight on the latest book he was reading.


Harvey was a devoted member of the LDS Church.  He served as a Bishop, High Councilor, High Priest Group Leader and Temple Worker.


He was an avid golfer and golfed with his son and grandson the day before his death.


Of all his accomplishments, his greatest was that of Father and Grandfather.  We will all miss you so much.


Harvey is survived by his wife, Marilyn Regina Miller; three children, Gregory Schwitzer (JoAnn), Janice Schwitzer Austad (David) and Jean Schwitzer Toller (Robert); sisters, Ruby Tam, Gladys Girten, Dorothy Murray, Roberta Urias; brother, Robert Schwitzer; 15 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.


A Viewing will be on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Leavitt’s Mortuary 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Leavitt’s Mortuary.  Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 10:00 to 10:45 AM.


Interment at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.


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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 10:00 to 10:45 AM.


Service Information

Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 - 36th St., , Ogden, UT, 84403

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Born: April 28, 1926
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Julie Whittier posted on 5/12/16

Well Uncle Harvey You were a Knight in shining armor. I thought you were so smart because you knew how to do sprinkler systems. Going up that was a big deal! You showed me how to properly wash a car and because of that I'm extra fussy. You took me mini golfing for the first time. I visited Disneyland and Tiajuana for the first time with you and Aunt Dode. I always felt important around you. I thought you were really rich when you took my Dad to a Angels baseball game . He talked about that till the day he died. You had a golden voice that you could recognize anywhere. And I was lucky to have you as an example. Thank you for always loving me. All my love. Julie Cude Whittier


John Price posted on 5/8/16

P.S. My husband John Price said he wanted to put a postscript to my remembrance of Harvey. "Harvey carried a photo of that baby, Harvey Jr., in his wallet for years. He would pull it out to tell the story of how great adoption is. How he has a "name sake." Harvey Jr. a sweet baby that is not related to him at all . No one else got the opportunity to have one of our foster babies named after them. . No one but HArvey Schwitzer and he was he was very proud of the honor."


Janet Price posted on 5/7/16

Harvey & Gina Schwitzer were in our ward in San Diego County for many years. They always had the best ward parties at their home. I was a foster care parent at the time. Harvey loved babies and had to "meet" all of my babies. I could not let him "hold" them but he would gently play with their feet and tell them how beautiful they were. Tell them how pretty their red hair was or give some other praise and tell them they were going to do big things in life when they grew up. When we had a baby, we got to name it. Harvey was disappointed his name was not being passed down his family tree line. We named our foster care babies alphabetical order on both the boys, & girls. So our first girl name was something like "Anna", then Breanna... etc. When I had boys, Alex, Bubba, ...they were just names we had to pick out so their birth name would not be known & they could have a doctor's visit, get prescriptions & meds. We had a lot more girl foster babies than boys hence less boy names to pick out. When we got to the letter "G" Harvey made me promise I would name the next baby boy "Harvey" Normally I did not do requests, but my husband & I did promise him. About a month later, I came to church with a new baby. He could tell from afar by the pink blanket was not a boy. Oh the disappointment. Still he greeted the baby with the same respect and sweet remarks. Each time I showed up at church with a new baby he would greet me would make me promise again, "Don't forget the next boy name is going to be Harvey!" We would all get a chuckle. Finally the day had come, After waiting more than a year Harvey had about given up. Finally the day had come and I arrived at church with a baby wrapped in a blue blanket, Harvey greeted me at the chapel door beaming with joy and he hovered over me as if he was a new grandparent. He even carried my diaper bag and helped me settle in the pew. He hovered over me like a new dad. He looked at me with excitement, his eyes twinkled with joy. His eyes widened as he asked his question, waiting for the baby's new name, I said: " Harvey, meet Harvey Jr." Tears welled up in his eyes and streamed down his face, as he gazed in the eyes of his new namesake. No relation, just a name. But oh what a name it was. Both he and Gina beamed at this sweet little newborn baby as if it was their very own. He gently took the feet of his name sake and began his talk to him, rubbing his little toes and talking softly he said something to this effect; " Harvey I am so glad your mommy chose life over death for you. She realized you were a son of our Heavenly Father He has great plans for you!! He knows you are amazing and will do amazing things. ... I want you to always follow the Lord... His eyes glistened and he gave this little newborn with no relation a "grandpa's" blessing. After a few months, it was time for "Harvey Jr." to leave our temporary family and move on to an eternal forever home. I stopped by their home with the news on my way to the social worker's office. Just so Harvey could say his goodbyes to his little namesake. From time to time Harvey would ask how his little namesake was doing and he would always reply with some thought, "About now, he is probably crawling all over the kitchen or he should be sealed in the temple to his forever family.. or starting school. " I never would hear about the kids after they were placed for adoption from my home, didn't know where they came from, didn't know where they went. My part in their life was but a blip on the screen. I knew or I should say "We" both knew the Lord was taking care of him in his own time. That this little Harvey Jr.'s mother would be blessed forever for choosing life over death. Thank you Harvey for being the best grandpa to all of my foster babies & children. To Gina my sweet friend I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for letting Harvey doddle over my little ones. For all of your twice baked potatoes with a scrumptious dinners on nights I came home from the hospital with a sweet tiny newborn waiting for their adoption in a forever home..