William Schweikert

Columbiana – William Robert Schweikert, 91, retired educator and WWII veteran, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013, surrounded by his wife, family and friends.

William Robert “Uncle Bob” was born June 14, 1922 in Copley, Ohio, the second son of William Grove Schweikert and Hazel E. (Finch) Schweikert-Gates.

He graduated in 1940 from Mesopotamia Public School.

Mr. Schweikert joined the U.S. Coast Guard as a pharmacist mate and served aboard a troop transport in the Pacific Theater.

He received his Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education in 1949 from NW Missouri State University and Master’s Degree in general school administration in 1955 from the University of Iowa.

He spent 27 years as a teacher, school principal and superintendent of schools in Iowa before retiring to Arizona. While in Arizona, he undertook a new educator role for an additional five years as the executive director for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation Pre-School in Tucson, AZ.

Mr. Schweikert is survived by his second wife, Gabriella M., of Columbiana, daughter, Pamela B. Schweikert, of Maple Grove, MN; a sister, Betty Donner, of N. Lima; step-son, Laszlo Hudak; step-daughter, Lillian (Ronald) Avila-Zanoline; grandsons, Roy A. Avila, Nicholas J. Avila, Steven R. Avila; and great-granddaughters, Lucia Rose and Ruby Jaye.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Connie (Jones); brother John; and sisters, Helen Moore and Veldine Clark.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 26, at the Columbiana First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Main St., Columbiana, OH., where family will receive friends from 10 A.M. until time of services at 11 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Mr. Schweikert will be cremated with private interment in Fairview Cemetery, in Mesopotamia, Ohio.

The Selby Funeral Home (330-856-4695) in Vienna was entrusted with the arrangements.