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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

621 South Jefferson, Mason, MI

OBITUARY

Robert Switzenberg

29 January, 19568 July, 2020

Robert Craig Switzenberg, known as Rob, Bob, or some variation thereof, was a dear, kind husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend to many. Simply to meet him was to find yourself with a new friend. He left us for his home with Jesus on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020. Born January 29th, 1956, to Robert and Jean (Ramalia) Switzenberg; he was 64 years old at his passing.

A graduate of Dansville High School, Rob worked for the City of Mason for 8 years. Early in that time he found the love of his life, Darlene, at a softball practice. They married in 1980. Two children were soon to follow. He then went on to work for Gordon Food Service for nearly 32 years, spending most of his career as a service technician. He took great pride in the care of his customers and the relationships he formed with them.

Rob was a devoted, active member and Elder of Mason Community Church. His passion for mission work lead him to lead the Missions Team and he began working with 6:8 Ministries in Costa Rica in 2006, eventually becoming a Board Member. With the support of Darlene, he gave his time and skills for the improvement of homes for poor families—turning whole communities around, the establishment of a feeding center, development of an orphanage, and an organization of volunteers. He was a mentor and counselor. This work was truly a passion and he will be greatly missed there, but he leaves behind such good that it will continue to grow.

When he wasn’t giving his time to those in need abroad, Rob was often found giving aid to those in need closer to home. Be it a friend, loved one, or even complete stranger, he gave it his all to see the job done right. All who he helped were better off. He was truly a generous man who was willing to give his time and expertise to any that were in need of it.

Rob’s children have fond childhood memories, and knew him as a loving and giving father. His latest joy was his grandchildren. They were as delighted with him as he with them. You could also find him in the evenings in a chair with at least one dog that was much too large for a lap dog, draped over him.

Rob and Darlene were married for 2 months shy of 40 years. They were true partners in life.

Missing him and loving him always will be his wife Darlene Switzenberg; children, Amanda (Craig) Spence, Robert Charles (Jessica) Switzenberg; father, Robert George Switzenberg; sister, Laurel Switzenberg; brother, Jeff (Mary) Switzenberg; nephew, Jeffrey Switzenberg; niece, Katie Switzenberg; and grandchildren, Lillian and Robert Calvin Switzenberg. Preceding him in death was his lovely mother, Jean May Switzenberg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 6:8 Ministries (68ministries.org) and/or Darlene Switzenberg in care of Mason Community Church.

  • DONATIONS

  • 6:8 Ministries
  • To The Family Care of Mason Community Church

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, 18 July , 2020

Memories

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Bill Ramalia

11 August 2020

Rob and I had grown in different directions after our teenage years. We would say hello and shake hands at a few family reunions over the years. I would ask how he and his family were doing and he would ask the same. We would share a laugh, shake hands again, and then go fill our plates up again with some of the best food around. One thing that always stuck with me was Rob's commitment. Whatever he was doing, he was always committed. As little as I knew Rob in our adult years, I always got the feeling he is the guy who had your back. That is a very admirable quality in an individual. There is a certain trust that comes with it.
Rob, you will be missed. These days, your infectious good nature and your willingness to help anyone will surely be missed. May God's grace be with you always and forever, until that day when we all meet again. Rest in peace cous…..

Bonnie McCrary

24 July 2020

Rob Bob was a palpable presence of faith, joy, and love. Serving alongside him at 6:8 Ministries while I was an intern was nothing short of a privilege. I remember gushing with the other interns about how much we admired and adored his compassion, and commitment.
He loved the Living Waters Children's Ranch, and longed to see each stage of its vision come to realization.
I have a clear memory of him grinning peacefully, gazing out across the property. He told us that it was his wish that before he passed away, he would see those first little feet come to live there.
After years of uncertainly and waiting, just these past couple months that dream has come true, and the first little child has found their home on that sacred ground that has been prayed and prepared for them.
I hope it gives you all great peace to know that Rob Bob got his wish. And I have no doubt that in he is in heaven looking on with that same happy grin right now.

Chris, Christin, & Gracie G

18 July 2020

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” -Matthew 28:19

Rob certainly was a Go-er. He loved Jesus so much and was an amazing ambassador for Him. Rob loved people so well and made sure they knew they were made in the image of the Almighty.

Each summer when I would come home from overseas, Rob and I would get together at Bestsellers for a cup of coffee and share stories of what The Father was doing. I always left those chats encouraged and excited to keep loving and serving for His glory. When I got married, my wife and I had the opportunity to sit with him at Bestsellers and again, we stirred one another on for His kingdom.

His joy and energy was contagious.

Thank you Rob for being an example that we could follow because we knew you were following Him. We look forward to seeing you again in glory.

Carol vichinsky

18 July 2020

my memories of Robbie were as cousins. All that family stuff. His Dad and mine were very close brothers. He's a lot like his Dad, I think,possibly a little more out going. I've never seen Robbie without that big smile, especially when talking about his religion. It gave him great joy and I'm hoping its giving his family comfort now as he has to leave to be with our father in heaven. I'll miss that smile, but I know he's gone to a better place. Gone,but never forgotten. Love to all of you.

Michele Ramalia

15 July 2020

I grew up right next door to my cousin Rob. He was always kind and caring. Even when my sister and I were little annoying kids. He loved me and I loved him. He was an excellent roll model of how men should be. How they should treat others. How they should work. How we should all love one another. I will miss him.

Laurie Goodlock

14 July 2020

God gave us a true angel when he sent Rob into our lives. I can honestly say my life is better for having known and loved Rob. I was blessed to join him on several mission trips both in the U.S. and Costa Rica and his passion for others always came first. I am also blessed to work with Darlene, a kind and caring woman of faith. Darlene and Rob are true soul mates. I know even now Rob is building an elevator to heaven just to make it easier for Darlene. For anyone who knew Rob there will always be an empty space left in their hearts but we know God needed him more.

Dale and Tammy Yanz

11 July 2020

What a great loss to those of us on Earth, but Heaven is certainly richer today with our dear friend returning home. You will never find a more giving, selfless soul than this man. He was a true man of God, that “ walked the talk”.
Love you, and miss you my friend
Dale & Tammy

Andrea Wells

11 July 2020

My family will truly miss you Rob! You were the one who helped lead my son(Tyler) to Christ. You were always willing to help others and always available for a hug. You helped me grow in my relationship with God and also helped me overcome some of my fears on our church family mission trip to North Carolina. I know you are now safe in the arms of Jesus. You will be greatly missed!

Randie Lotridge

11 July 2020

Rob was such a kind, caring soul and touched so many lives. I’m glad I got the chance to know him. What a fitting memorial if someone took heed of his quick and unexpected passing to get their own life turned toward Jesus. He would be the first one cheering. Love and hugs to all the family. ❤️

Jerry and Jamie King

11 July 2020

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Rob. He truly was a great man of God and will be dearly missed by so many. He was able to teach so many people about the father and touch so many lives all over the world. We know he is serving the Lord in Heaven now as an angel. The King family is happy to send a donation to 6:8 Ministries in honor of Rob.

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