Charles Wayne Sweitzer, born February 18, 1952, to “Buck” and “Jean” Sweitzer, passed away peacefully in his home on September 21, 2019, at the age of 67. “Charlie”, as he is known to all, is survived by his 2 children: Michele “Shelley” Bostic and Alan “Rusty” Sweitzer (Amanda Sweitzer), 4 grandchildren: Evan Quincy (Lacy Quincy), Meghan Sweitzer, Victoria Buck (Josh Buck), Danyell Sweitzer, and Conner Warren. Charlie loved his family very deeply, and his grandchildren were his pride and joy then he found his deepest joy of all; great-grandchildren! He had 2 great-grandchildren: Amelia Graffeoand Charlie Quincy, and he was told recently that he was to be expecting a 3rd great-grandchild April of 2020. He is also survived by his sister Nancy Hedegaard (Jorgen Hedegaard), nieces Tina Zinkgraf (Dale Zinkgraf) and Jennifer Micklon and nephews Michael Oursland and James Hedegaard, great-nieces Amanda Umland and Jessica Oursland, and great-great-niece Kaedynce Umland.
Charlie loved to go fishing but was not always as interested in the fishing as much as he was the great company and a beer in his hand. Some of his best days were spent out at Lake Roosevelt with dear friends. He loved to pull pranks on everyone, and you learned very quickly to never leave an open beer in his presence, or you would come back to take a sip and end up dribbling it down your shirt (he loved to poke a hole in your can just low enough to cause this effect). He was known at Kaiser Aluminum as a constant prankster along with several friends who always tried to “get” each other! He was a fierce friend and would give anyone the shirt off of his back. In 2002 Charlie suffered a back injury that left him on disability for the rest of his life, but the pranks never stopped, he just became more creative. He loved to get your goat and would go to great lengths to sell his story and then laugh hysterically when you finally bought into it. To everyone who knew him, if he called you a “jackass,” it was a term of endearment and was always followed by laughter. He will be dearly missed by so many. Love unconditionally, forgive often, grow continually and remember always.
Charlie is preceded in death by his parents Charles "Buck"Sweitzer and Geraldine "Jean" Sweitzer, and his beloved sister Marie Westin. May they all be dancing in heaven waiting for us. Our bright shining stars.
There will be a celebration of life held on October 26th at 2pm. Location: Jackson Hole 122 S Bowdish Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. Come and share your favorite stories and celebrate in a way that our Dad would appreciate.
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