Lebanon man’s body recovered at Green River Lake

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By Emily LaForme

Divers with Campbellsville Fire-Rescue recovered the body of 64-year-old John Switser of Lebanon on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Switser was the lone occupant in a boat that was spotted going in circles on Green River Lake without a driver at approximately 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Central Kentucky News-Journal (CKNJ) in Campbellsville reports Switser was found by the Taylor County coroner around 6 p.m. on the same day.

According to the CKNJ, an autopsy will be performed by the state medical examiner’s office in Louisville. Deputy Coroner Jason Wright and Fish and Wildlife Officer John Harris are investigating. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Campbellsville Fire-Rescue, Taylor County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers all assisted with search efforts.

According to one of Switser’s coworkers, Harrison Simms, Switser has a wife, Peggy, and they have no children. Switser worked at Parkview IGA in Springfield for several years, said Simms.

“Johnny Switser not only was a friend to a lot of us, but a mentor to many,” said Simms via email. “He took pride in his butcher skills, and kept a clean meat case like no other. He had been in the food service/grocery industry since he was a teenager. He was a butcher in Louisville and worked at Foodtown in Lebanon before he came here [to Parkview IGA].”

At Foodtown, Switser worked for State Representative, Jimmy Higdon, who had owned the store before its closing.

“He was a friend and he worked for me,” said Higdon. “John was a loyal friend, he would do anything in the world for you. Probably the thing that I liked most about John was that he would tell you what was on his mind, you always knew where you stood with John, and if he felt you were wrong, he would tell you. This is just a big loss.”

Switser was an avid fisherman and was a member of the Daniel Boone Chapter.

“In his spare time, he was a fishing guide and loved to go to Green River,” said Simms. “He was one of the best muskie fisherman around, and it showed in his face when he’d light up to show you a picture of his big catch.”

Higdon said Switser loved fishing on Green River.

“He passed away doing what he loved, he loved to fish and share his boat and his talents with anybody that wanted to go with him,” said Higdon. “He was very passionate about fishing, especially at Green River.”

According to Simms, Switser often shared his wisdom and was a pleasure to work alongside.

“I’ll miss his dry sense of humor and cutting up with me,” he said. “I’ll always cherish the knowledge that he passed along to me through his years of experience in the grocery business.”

The Lebanon Enterprise will continue to update this story as more information is made available.

Editor’s note: Zac Oakes, a reporter at the Central Kentucky News-Journal, contributed to this story.