Donivan Karl Switzer II

May 16, 1943 ‒ November 14, 2020

Loudonville, Ohio

Donivan Karl Switzer II (77) passed away on November 14, 2020, at Colonial Manor where he had been a resident for 9 years.  True to the way Don lived his life, his stay at the facility was one that legends are made of. Thanks to him, the staff can say they have seen and heard it all!

Don was born on his family farm in Howard, Ohio on May 16, 1943, to Donivan Karl Switzer and Muriel Switzer (Albright).  After graduating from Danville High School, he served his country by joining the US Army in 1961.  SPC Switzer completed an 18-month deployment to Korea and was honorably discharged in 1964.

After his service, he spent months hitchhiking through Europe collecting memories and coins.  In the early 1970’s he purchased The Village Inn bar downtown Loudonville. The bar provided him with friends, memories, and many laughs for years to come. After selling the bar he worked at the Loudonville Water Dept and later obtained his Real Estate License. He joined Ward Realty in Ashland briefly, before opening his own Oakwood Realty in Loudonville. He bought, sold, and rented homes in the Mohican area for 25 years.

Don was a longtime member of the Shriners, Loudonville American Legion, a Free Mason of the Hanover Lodge # 115, Loudonville Rotary Club, and many local service organizations.

Don was quite the character. At his best, he was quick-witted, funny, and generous. He believed he was quite the ladies’ man and took fashion advice from no one.  He always looked forward to Easter when he could proudly show off his stunning daffodil collection. He enjoyed life the most when he was outside fiddling with something and accomplishing nothing.  He loved telling stories that had a thread of truth to them and firing at empty beer cans with his 45. Parkinson’s disease be damned.

He is survived by his children Nicole (Darren) Docherty of Mansfield, Devon (Jeff) Lavinder of Columbia Station, Brooke Switzer of Doha, Qatar, Donivan Switzer III, and Mya Switzer both of Loudonville. He was known as Pops to his granddaughters Carson, Averey, Erin, Emerson, and Ira Joy. His sister, Sharon Drake resides in Mt. Vernon with several nieces and nephews in the area.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several loved pets.

A graveside service will take place on Friday, November 20, 2020, at 1 pm at the Loudonville Cemetery. Military honors will be performed by the Loudonville American Legion and Perrysville VFW. A live stream of Don’s service can also be viewed on the Snyder Funeral Homes- Lindsey Chapel Facebook page.

People wishing to honor Don’s lifelong commitment community can make donations to the Loudonville Pool Complex in care of the Village of Loudonville, 156 North Water Street, P.O. Box 150 Loudonville Ohio 44842.

Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Don’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or a message of condolence to them at


  • Devon and All: We have very special memories of Don and his actions of caring and affection to the Loudonville community and those he knew. Yes he was a character but that was part of his large personality which people will cherish and remember. Many of us older folks remember fondly his ownership days of the Village Inn and the resulting memories. We are with you in prayers during these many trying and turbulent times. Love, Tom and Debbie Lavinder

  • So very sorry for your loss. Don was a very special person whom I counted as a good friend for many years. Many memories from working with him at the “Village” and canoe trips in his Old Town canoe. RIP

  • Sharon,
    I’m so sorry to hear that Don passed away 🙁 I lived there on the farm (rental house) for over 14 years and I can say that he & you were absolutely fabulous landlords. Don was always quick at getting things fixed. I have often wondered over the years how he was doing. May he rest in peace
    Darla Anderson

  • We are thinking of all of you in this time of loss. We hope you will join together as family and friends in reflecting on happy moments from the past in lieu of dwelling too long on the sadness of today. Prayers are going up for you.

  • GREAT MEMORIES; me the city slicker , Don the country bumpkin playing MONOPLY after dinner, waiting for the BEST APPLE PIE that his MOM made with the apples we picked. Grandpa Switzer shouting, you boys put the BB gun away, stop shooting the pigs in the butt or I’M going to beat yours! Cow tipping and Snipe hunting, I’M still trying to catch one! I will be fighting PARKINSONS for US!! R I P MY CUZ

  • Dear Nicole and Darren and family . On behalf of some of your very close friends… I want to reach out and let you know how loved you are. You are loved by so many. We hope you can find your smile again soon as you remember the great memories you have with your father. We hope that God heals your pain in the coming days, stay close to him. Blessings to you and all your family. Take care.

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