Irwin "Swich" Swichkow

May 6, 1934June 29, 2013

Irwin “Swich” Swichkow, 79, a longtime resident of Merritt Island, passed away peacefully Saturday June 29th, at Wuesthoff Hospice House in Rockledge, due to complications from COPD.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Marilyn; daughter Barbara O’Donnell, son Kyle O’Donnell, son Steve (Betsy) Swichkow; grandchildren; Kristen, Courtney and Stephen Swichkow; and brother Bernard (Rita) Swichkow. He was predeceased in life by his father Maurice and mother Edith Swichkow.

Swich was born in Chicago, IL in 1934 and moved to Miami soon after where he grew up and graduated from Miami Senior High and where he was also the senior class president. He attended college at the University of Florida, graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering and was a member of the Florida Blue Key Club Fraternity at UF. After college, Swich served in the US army as a First Lieutenant and did a tour of duty in Korea before returning to the states and going to work for the Army in Warner Robbins, Ga., where he met and married Marilyn.

After a short time in Georgia, Swich moved to Florida to be a part of the NASA Manned Spaceflight Program. He spent 27 distinguished years at NASA providing facilities, institutional, logistical and contracting support to the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle Programs. He obtained a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering from FIT during his career and taught classes at FIT afterwards. After retiring from NASA, Swich took up tax preparation as a hobby initially, which then grew into a second career spending 15 more years both preparing taxes and teaching others tax codes and information.

Swich was an avid sports fan, first as highly regarded fullback at Miami Senior High, where he is in the Hall of Fame, and then later in college at UF where he served as the Director of Intermural Sports. He was also very active in the Brevard County youth sports community for many years where he served as a coach and then president of both the Merritt Island Midget Football League and South MI Little League. Swich was a diehard Gator and talked football till the day he passed.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, July 2nd from 4 – 6 pm at Wylie-Baxley Funeral Home on Merritt Island with refreshments afterwards at his son Steve’s home.

A Graveside Service will be held Wednesday July 3, 2013 at 10 am at Florida Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Wuesthoff Hospice House of Rockledge, FL or the National Kidney Foundation.

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  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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July 9, 2013


Francis Connolly

July 4, 2013

Many thoughts of Irwin came to me as I read of his passing. He and I went from the first grade to graduation together. We were not close friends but I did respect him and like him a bunch. I am sure you will all miss him. I remember him as kind, very intelligent, always friendly and with an encouraging word for others. Frankie Connolly (Phillips)

Diane & Ralph Brown

July 4, 2013

Our hearts are with you all as we recall fond memories of Swich and are so saddened by this news. A wonderful man - may all your memories of the good times help you through these difficult days.

July 3, 2013

our Love and Sympathy, to Irwin Swichkow's family....Carole and Bill Foor

July 3, 2013

My condolences to Irwin's family. I was his sister in law for 27 years. It was a
privilege to have known him, as he was very special person in so many ways.
Leatrice & Rich Berger
Canton, Georgia,

Art Ginsburg

July 3, 2013

Swich was always a stand up guy, a great fraternity brother, and a devoted Gator. My condolences to his family and brothers.
Art Ginsburg

Timothy Boxx

July 3, 2013

Didn't get to see him much, but always loved uncle Irwin's mastery of common sense. My cousins know what I mean. Rest in peace! Fine man.

July 2, 2013

So sorry to hear of the passing of a very old friend from early high school and thru college. Frat brother, and friend. Although we drifted apart, we still have great memories. Bob and Sheila Bergen

July 2, 2013

Switch was a great friend and team mate at MHS,he was some one to look up
too! he was real fine football player and a tenacious blocker.
I will always remember Switch and the years we spent at MHS.
Bobby Carlton (Cedar Bluff,Al.)

Douglas Hendriksen

July 2, 2013

A great friend for many NASA KSC years.