He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Andrea Lynn Berger Sweeting, two daughters, Brecke Elizabeth Sweeting Pohl and Beth Andrea Sweeting Woeste, and six grandchildren: Lily, David, Josh, Anna, Wesley, and Jonathan. Also survived by siblings Roger Lincoln Sweeting (Lily Jean) and Gerald Wayne Sweeting (Barbara).
He was born in 1945 in Norwalk, Ohio. He is preceded in death by parents George Robert and LaDonna Hopkins Sweeting, sister Julia Ann Sweeting Sands Poppens (Arnold), and son in-law David Woeste Jr.
After graduating from Ohio University in 1968, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, he started his career as an engineer for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and Michigan. Firestone later sent him to Detroit where he was a Sales Engineer for 8 years calling on the Auto and Truck engineering offices, coordinating vehicle and tire development projects. In 1980, he started his own business in automotive service and managed that business, Sweeting Tire, Inc., until 2015.
A resident of Urbana, Ohio since 1980, he was very active in many community organizations. He served as a Director of the Perpetual Federal Savings Bank Board and the Champaign County Library Board. A long time active Rotarian, he was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Urbana and a Past District Governor of Rotary District 6670 in Southwest Ohio.
His other involvements include Past Senior Warden of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Past Board Chair of the Champaign County Economic Development Council, Past Board Chair of the Champaign and Logan Counties Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services, Past Chair of the Urbana Downtown Business Association, Past President of the Urbana Country Club, Past Chairman of the Urbana University Foundation Board, Urbana University Trustee, United Way Chairman, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, and many committees.
In 2003, he was honored by the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce with the Simon Award for outstanding service.
He enjoyed his family the most and all the holidays, vacations and birthday gatherings through the years. Many trips with family and or friends were common and loved. He also loved handball, racquetball, golf and snow skiing as health permitted.
He said that he was grateful for the lessons he learned early in life from his parents, siblings, church youth, 4-H, Grange, sports, and a farming background. His faith in God was very strong and he credits the prayers from many that helped him through several years of battling lung cancer. He was especially thankful for the doctors and nurses at the Springfield Regional Cancer Center for their remarkable care.
He asked that we thank everyone who helped make his life and his family’s lives so wonderful. In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to The Rotary Foundation, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, or The Champaign County Library.
His body was donated to the University of Cincinnati Medical Research Center and will then be cremated and sent to Calvary Episcopal Church in Cincinnati, where he and Andrea were married in 1969, for internment.
A gathering of family and friends will be held 5-7 pm, Monday, April 23rd , at Vernon Funeral Home in Urbana. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 24th at 11:00 am in the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 230 Scioto St., Urbana, Ohio.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.