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dean e. switalski

Posted on Nov. 17, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

April 26, 1952 - Nov. 14, 2012

ELKHART — Dean E. Switalski, 60, of Elkhart, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in his home.

He was born April 26, 1952, in South Bend to Clifford and Virginia (Allen) Smeltzer.

On June 24, 1977, in Goshen, he married Debra Kay Sloan.

She survives along with two brothers, Roland Switalski of Sugar Grove, Ill., and George (Susan) Smeltzer of Nineville; and three sisters, Dixie (Robert) Mason of Mishawaka, Celia (Glen) Biers-Bontregger of Mars Hill, N.C. ,and Vivian Allen of North Webster. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Nelson Allen.

Dean was a U.S. Army veteran.

He enjoyed computers and loved animals and collecting firefighter memorabilia. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Cleveland Township Fire Department and was a licensed minister.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, at the funeral home. Pastor Brent Poe of Beulah Missionary Church will preside.

Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, where the Cleveland Township Fire Department will render firefighter rites.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Cleveland Township Fire Department.