2017-10-12 / Obituaries

George William Sweeny


George William Sweeny George William Sweeny MANISTIQUE – George William Sweeny, 83, of Manistique, and formerly of the Boot Lake area, died on Friday morning, Sept. 29, 2017, at the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility. He was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Chelsea, Mich., to Donovan and Lulu (Barnes) Sweeny. He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1952. In 1953, he joined the Naval Reserve, was drafted, and enlisted into active duty with the US Navy. He served in Korea during the Korean War as a Medal Smith General Third Class on the USS Elokomin. He was discharged on July 10, 1955. He married Doris Weinberg on May 19, 1956 and she preceded him in death in 1975.

George worked as a superintendent for Koch and Sons Sheet Metal Heating and Air Conditioning for 19 years. On Sept. 1, 1971, he went to work for the University of Michigan as a general foreman. He also ran a heating and cooling business on the side, and for 17 years was an instructor at Washtenaw Community College. In addition, he served a term as the Sylvan Township Supervisor. He married Mary Lou Paul in 1976 and she also preceded him in death in 1988. George retired from U of M in January 1990. After retirement, he moved to the Upper Peninsula. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Shingleton where he was instrumental in the construction and maintenance of the church and also served as the Church Council President. He was a life member of Livingston Lodge No. 76 Free and Accepted Masons in Pinckney, the American Legion Post No. 131 in Munising, and the Royal Order of the Moose No. 1971 in Manistique. He was a Boy Scout leader and a beloved baseball coach as well. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and cooking. He was also a member of the USS Elokomin Crewmember Association and enjoyed attending their reunions in Florida.

George is survived by two sons, Michael George Sweeny of Pinckney, and Timothy John (Patti) Sweeny of Chelsea; three grandchildren, Jayden, Evan, and Kayla; and brother Frank Sweeny. In addition to wives Doris and Mary Lou, he was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions in George’s name may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church in Shingleton, Mich.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, N5271 M-94 in Shingleton, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. The American Legion and Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military honors at 2 p.m. just prior to the memorial service.

Bowerman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to www.bowermanfuneralhome.net.

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