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Robert Leigh Switzer

January 8, 1932 December 29, 2017
Robert Leigh Switzer
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Obituary for Robert Leigh Switzer

Robert Leigh Switzer, age 85, of Johnsburg, died Friday, December 29, 2017, at his home. Born January 8, 1932 in Chicago to Russell and D. Roma (Schladorn) Switzer. He married Carol Arvidson on September 15, 1956 in Crystal Lake. He was well known in the marine industry for manufacturing, promoting, and racing boats for the Switzer Craft Boat Company, a family business located in Crystal Lake.

Bob's childhood was spent in Chicago, but his family moved to McHenry in 1947 and he graduated from McHenry East High School in 1950.\

Bob's racing successes included three national outboard racing championships and winner of the Albany to New York marathon in 1952 and many more victories throughout his long racing career. During his life, he loved to share stories with friends and families about how he overcame obstacles to win races. After the family sold the boat business in 1982, Bob continued to manage the property in Crystal Lake and transformed it into successful retail space.

Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who brought wisdom and fun into everyday experiences. He parlayed his love of boating and racing into his family experiences with frequent trips to Lake Cumberland, KY and regular boating excursions on the Chain of Lakes waterway. He also enjoyed snowmobiling and belonged to a local motorcycle club. Bob was a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve in the 1950's.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Carol; four children, Nancy (Steven) Kasprzyk, Tracy (Cari) Switzer, Steven (Jami) Switzer, Peter (Cushie) Switzer; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and brother, David (Marilyn) Switzer of Naples, FL.

Family and friends will be gathering at the McHenry Country Club at 3:00 pm on Thursday, January 4 to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First Church of Christ, Scientist, McHenry.

For more information, please call Justen Funeral Home and Crematory at 815-385-2400, or visit, where friends may leave an online condolence message for his family.

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Memorial Service




3:00 PM 1/4/2018 3:00:00 PM
McHenry Country Club

820 N John Street
McHenry, IL 60050

Gathering of Family & Friends

McHenry Country Club
820 N John Street McHenry 60050 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

First Church of Christ Scientist

1511 Eastwood Lane
McHenry, IL 60051

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