Richard Edward Daetwyler, 85, of Mineral Bluff, Ga., passed away Sept. 28, 2012.
He was born at Helvetia, the son of the late Paul Otto and Anna H. Zumbach Daetwyler.
He was a graduate of Pickens High School. He served his country in the United States Navy.
On March 3, 1952, he married Edith Irene Collett.
After graduating from Davis & Elkins College, he worked for Fairchild Air Craft in Hagerstown, Md., and later for Lockheed Air Craft in Marietta, Ga., where he received the patent design for the loading system for the C-141 and later on other air craft. During his time in Marietta, Ga., he served in many capacities for Antioch Baptist Church in Marietta as deacon, assistant youth leader, Sunday school teacher and a choir member. After he and his family moved to Epworth, Ga., he joined the Epworth Baptist Church. He had been a very active member of the community for many years. Mr. Daetwyler was a 50-year Mason. He was a past master of the McCay Masonic Lodge and past patron of Marietta Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a founding member of Whistle Stop Blue Grass Band and played for 15 years for the Blue Ridge Rail Way and other venues. He and his wife were founding volunteers of the Blue Ridge Senic Rail Way. He was also a member of the Wolf Creek Blue Grass Band and entertained for the Copper Basin Senior Center.
Survivors include his wife of 60 1/2 years, Edith Collett Daetwyler; children Sonya Jean and husband, Ronald Lamanac, of Epworth, Ga., Michael Snane and Nancy King Daetwyler and Dr. Patricia Lynn and husband, Derek Hart, of Powder Springs, Ga.; grandchildren, Richard Shane Daetwyler and wife, Kelli, Amy Leigh Wuellner and husband, Scott, Christopher Wayne Daetwyler and wife, Christy, and Andrew Lawson Lamanac; one great-grandchild, Madison Brook Daetwyler; one sister, Norma Daetwyler Moore Stalnaker; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceding his in death besides his parents were a brother, Wilber Dale Daetwyler; twin sisters, Benice K. Lively and Bennardine R. Kelley and Ruby Wilma Thomas.
Funeral services were conducted Oct. 2 at Atkins Funeral Home Chapel in Blue Ridge, Ga. Interment followed in Crestlawn Cemetery with full military honors by the North Georgia Honor Guard.