August 18, 1926 – July 24, 2013
Bill Sweet passed away on July 24, 2013 in San Antonio at the age of 86. He was born Robert Billy Sweet August 18, 1926 to William Austin and Lettie Sweet of Shelburn, Indiana. Bill graduated from Shelburn High School and enlisted in the US Navy in 1944. He served in the Pacific during the latter stages of World War II. After his discharge from the Navy he attended Beloit College in Wisconsin and Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1951 he married Mary Lou Smith of Hymera, Indiana. Bill worked for Charles Pfizer and Company his entire career. He was employed at the Vigo County (Indiana) Pfizer plant until 1972 when he transferred to the Lee’s Summit, Missouri plant. He retired from Pfizer in 1989. Bill’s passions were refereeing Indiana high school basketball games alongside his brother Dick and the expression of his lifelong ardent patriotism through active involvement with the American Legion. He coached American Legion baseball and was an active supporter of Hoosiers Boys State as well as the American Legion’s Children Home. He was the Department of Indiana Commander from 1972-73. In retirement, Bill returned to work actively at his local American Legion post, Stewart-Norris Post #197 in Shelburn, Indiana. Among his contributions there was organizing a Legion honor guard to provide military honors at the burial of veterans of all wars in local cemeteries throughout a number of Indiana counties. He was a longtime member of the Christian Church in Shelburn. Following his move to San Antonio to be nearer his daughter and granddaughters, Bill was a regular attendee at Windcrest United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his former wife, Mary Lou, his daughter, Jeffri Lynn Gilman and husband, Jim, and three granddaughters, Sarah Bryant, Katy Gilman, and Emily Gilman. The bright and shining light of his last years was his beautiful great-granddaughter, Madison Lynn Bryant. Bill is also survived by one brother, Richard Dale (Dick) Sweet of Jasonville, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his brother, Wendell and his sister, Donna Osborne. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Vitas Hospice, Elmcroft of Windcrest and the staff of both the Northeast Methodist and Northeast Baptist Hospitals for their patience and compassion in caring for Bill during the last several months.
Visitation with the family will take place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Sunset Funeral Home. Graveside services at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 5, 2013. In lieu of flowers the family request that Bill be honored by donations to either the Fisher Houses of San Antonio or the Warrior Family Support Center of Fort Sam Houston.
- Visitation Sunday, August 4, 2013
- Graveside Service Monday, August 5, 2013
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August 24, 2013
Uncle Bill you may be gone for now but not forgotten. You have many angels waiting to see you again. RIP
Billie and George Crow, Martinez, GA
August 14, 2013
I knew Bill Sweet through his position in the Shelburn, IN American Legion and through my father Howard Turner. I held him in high regard, for his service to this nation and to the betterment of the Shelburn community. He and I spoke many times. I offer my condolences to the family.
Senator Leticia Van de Putte
August 5, 2013
Dear Sweet Family:
Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beloved. There are never any right words to express how deeply sad I am for the pain your family is enduring at this difficult time.
Although I did not have the honor and pleasure of knowing him, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations, I am sincerely thankful for his valiant service in defense of our rights and freedom.
His commitment to family, friends, our community, and to serving our great nation leaves a wonderful legacy. May the love and the wonderful memories you shared with him help you when you need it most. He will never be forgotten, and your family will be remembered in my prayers.
August 5, 2013
Thinking of you all and hoping that memories of a life well-lived bring comfort during this sad time. Bren and Betsy Flanigan
August 4, 2013
Condolences to your family in the loss of a father, grandfather and friend. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Uncle Gene Smith, David & Darlene Hall
August 4, 2013
We thought a lot of Bill, he was a dear friend-JJ, Julie, Andy, Jody, William an Ben Roberts.
August 3, 2013
On behalf of the Stevenson Family, we would like to express our deepest condolences. Karen, Jim, David & families
August 2, 2013
We were sorry to hear about your father and grandfather.
Nancy and Bill Shriner