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Michael Schweitzer

December 26, 1950 — November 2, 2023



Michael Schweitzer, 72, of Yankton passed away on Nov. 2nd at his residence in Yankton. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7th at 10:30 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church of rural Freeman. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Monday, Nov. 6th at the Opsahl- Kostel Funeral Home in Yankton. Arrangements by Walter's Funeral Home of Freeman.

Michael James Schweitzer, age 72 of Yankton South Dakota, died peacefully on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at his home in Yankton. Michael was born December 26, 1950 in Yankton South Dakota, to Francis and Adeline Schweitzer of Freeman, South Dakota.  Being the third born out of 14 children Mike graduated from high school in 1970 from Freeman High School. Before he joined the US Air Force, he worked on the family farm milking the cows and helping with all other farming chores. Teaching his younger brothers he took care of the tough cows and let his other brothers take the easy ones.  Not only did he work alongside his brothers, but he also allowed his sisters to influence his life during his high school years. He held family ties close to his heart. This signified what type of personality he had, easy going, forgiving, and loving. He decided to join the United States Air Force, during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany throughout his tour in the military. He enjoyed skiing, especially the Swiss Alps while he was there, as well as after his discharge in Colorado. Working in many types of construction jobs after the military he met the love of his life, Suke.  They found great joy together with her children and he enjoyed watching his step-grandchildren in their activities in Colorado. He liked everything outdoors: hiking Pikes Peak, skiing, biking, and fishing under the Colorado skies. 

Michael is survived by sister-in-law Mary Schweitzer, Yankton SD. Brother Allen, Yankton SD. Sister Angela (Randy) Schaeffer, Yankton SD. Sister Donna (William) Cap, Tabor SD. Brother, Bruce (Sandy) Schweitzer, Scotland SD. Brother Randy (Lisa) Schweitzer, Centerville SD. Sister Mary (Doug) Baumiller, Parkston SD. Sister Pam Jensen, Yankton SD. Brother Brian (Sherry) Schweitzer, Hyrum UT. Charlene (Gerry) Hora, Freeman, SD. Brother Darrold (Lori) Schweitzer, Watertown SD. Sister Vicki (Garrett) Pachl, Glenwood IA.  Brother Kevin (Kara) Schweitzer, Sioux Falls SD. Including all of his numerous nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by his brother Steven and his parents, Francis and Adeline.

To the employees at the Yankton Fryn’ Pan, the ladies of the St. Boniface Catholic Church, and Father Lacey, we wish to express our deep gratitude for your love and care for Michael.
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, November 6, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

601 W 21st St, Yankton, SD 57078

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St Boniflce Idywilde Catholic

28703 444th Ave, Freeman, SD 57029

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