JOPLIN-A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Parker Mortuary Chapel for Dale Albert Sweet, 96, Joplin, who died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at his home after a lengthy illness. Full military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 13.
Visitation will be held prior to the service, at 5:30 p.m., at the chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ, Scientist.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Jean Beinke Sweet; four sons, William D. Sweet and wife Star, Joplin, David M. Sweet and wife Susan, Boone, N.C., Mark S. Sweet and Greg W. Sweet and wife Gail, all of Joplin; a daughter, Lynn L. Sweet-Rawlins and husband Wayne, Chandler, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Cinda Sweet, Joplin; a sister, Margery Rich, Springfield; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Rick Sweet, and two sisters, Darlene Sweet and Beryl E. Dale.
Mr. Sweet was born Aug. 10, 1917, in Riceville, Iowa, to Albert M. and Ruth B. (Stark) Sweet. His family moved to Lamar when he was four years of age and he graduated from Lamar High School. He then served in the United States Army during World War II with Recon and Signal Corps in both the E.T.O. and Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operation. He continued with the Army Reserve for a total of 27 years of service before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He worked for Frisco Railroad for 41 years, retiring in August of 1977 as a claims agent. After his retirement in 1977 he and his wife traveled throughout the world.
He was a member of the Joplin Lodge No. 335, AF&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Joplin; About Ben Adhem Shrine Temple, Springfield; Joplin Shrine Club; Temple Chapter No. 95 OES; Robert S. Thurman American Legion Post No. 13; Joplin Elk’s Lodge No. 501 and Webb City VFW Post No. 7630. He was very active with all of these groups where he served on many committees and was an officer with several of the organizations. He was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Joplin.