Mark R. Schweitzer – Winthrop

Mark R. Schweitzer, 54, of Winthrop, Iowa, died on Friday afternoon, November 13, 2020 at the Buchanan County Medical Center, Independence following his battle with Stage IV Colon Cancer.

A public graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday November 17, 2020 with Rev. David Beckman officiating.

Interment:  Fremont Cemetery, Winthrop, Iowa.

Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Home, Winthrop is assisting the family.

Condolences may be sent to:  Mary Schweitzer, 2968 180th Street, Winthrop, Iowa  50682.

Online obituary at

Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings, social distancing will be required.  As directed by the Iowa Governor, those in attendance are required to wear a mask.  We encourage relatives and friends not able to attend the service to reach out to the family by leaving a message on the funeral home web site, by mail, text or phone.

Mark Richard Schweitzer was born on March 12, 1966 at the Mercy Medical Center in Oelwein, IA, the son of Gary Lee and Mary L. (Kremer) Schweitzer. Mark was raised on a farm NE of Winthrop. Mark attended East Buchanan Community Schools first at the Aurora location (K-4) and then at the central Winthrop site, graduating in 1984.

After graduating high school, Mark attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Financial Management in 1988. A decade later (1999), he would also earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Upper Iowa University through their nightly extension program. Throughout his career, he would work for some prominent companies such as Aegon USA, The Principal Financial Group, Agriprocessors (prior to and during the Immigration Raid of 2008 and then later Agristar), Robert Half international and most recently the Keller Williams Legacy Group.

Favorite pastimes included hunting, trapping (more so earlier in life), fishing, beekeeping, gardening, woodworking, old “things” – namely old tractors, machinery, motorcycles, cars, guns and traps. Participated in 11 RAGBRAI’s (3 full week routes 2002-2017). Mark also enjoyed hanging with good friends and relatives.

Mark is survived by his Mother: Mary Schweitzer of Winthrop;

Sister: Lisa (Andy) Schweitzer-Miller of Los Angeles, California and many other

friends and relatives.

Mark was preceded in death by his father Gary on April 14, 2013.


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