Gary Lee Schweitzer, born February 21, 1951 in Louisville, Kentucky passed away on Monday, September 13th at the age of 70 due to a heart attack following a bout with a breakthrough case of Covid-19. Gary spent the last 50 years in the flooring industry. Early on he was involved with his family owned CarpetTalk store. In 1971 he started Gary’s Services which installed some of the most affluent residences in the state including the Governor’s mansion. In 2005, he co-founded A Better Way Floors with Tina Stidham where he continued to work until his untimely death.
Gary was born to Mary Lee and Paul Schweitzer spending his early years living on St. Catherine and 43rd Street. The family later moved to the Tyler Park neighborhood where he developed life-long friendships at Highland Middle School and Atherton High School. After a short stint at the University of Kentucky, he returned to Louisville to begin his long career in the flooring industry. In 1972, he met the love of his life, Vicki Krauth, whom he married in 1975. They participated in sporting clubs such as the James Gang AC and Highlanders. He enjoyed playing softball, bowling, volleyball, and golf. After moving to the Graymoor neighborhood in 1983, they grew their family and became active members in the St. Albert the Great parish. Family meant everything to Gary. He became a consummate bleacher Dad watching his four sons in their athletic endeavors. Beginning with St Matthews Little League, and continuing with St. Albert teams, club sports, and 16 continuous years with the Trinity High School family. After the boys graduated, you could find him most weekends enjoying college sports, PGA golf, and dabbling in the garden. His joyful laugh, calming presence and fatherly guidance will be missed. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul Lloyd and Mary Lee (Vissing) Schweitzer.
Gary is survived by his wife of 47 years, Vicki (Krauth), four sons, Brock Lloyd (Michelle), Ty David, Christopher Clark “Chip” (Sonia), and Payton James (Brittney); seven grandkids, Kara, Connor, Kevin, Ezra, Elias, Ava, and Ainsley; two brothers, Stephen (Carol) and Kevin (Kathy); in-laws, Butch (Fran), Bill (Jane), Linda, Donald (Sharon), and Carl Krauth; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; his uncles, Frank “Sonny” and Robert “Bobby” Vissing; his aunts, Carolyn Fautz, Nita Weihe (Harry), Gloria Yengst (Joe), and Janet Hartman; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Due to the pandemic, a celebration of Gary’s life will be held in Spring of 2022.
Memorials may be made to the Kentuckiana Humane Society (www.kyhumane.org) or the Waterfront Botanical Gardens (www.waterfrontgardens.org/).
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