David Harlan Sweet, 87, died Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Hospice of Cincinnati, Blue Ash facility.
The adored husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by children and grandchildren.
Born June 1, 1928, in Mansfield, he was the son of John C. and Estelle L. (Marks) Sweet. As a young boy during the Great Depression, he worked with other family members arranging and delivering flowers for Stuhldrehers Florists, his most famous delivery being the wedding of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall at Malabar Farm in 1945.
Always having a tremendous work ethic, Mr. Sweet, during his senior year in high school, worked double shifts at Mansfield Tire to pay for college. He attended The Ohio State University after graduating from Mansfield Senior High in 1946.
In 1947 Mr. Sweet started working at Sears where he met his wife, Carol, in 1951. During the growth of the suburban malls in the 1960’s he traveled extensively setting up new stores. He trained individuals on the newest conveniences, teaching cooking classes for microwaves. He retired in 1985 after 38 years of service.
Not one to be idle, Mr. Sweet opened The Mail Room Plus in Lexington with his wife in 1985, using their youngest child as their only regular employee. He loved his store and became close with many of his customers and local business owners. Dave and Carol supported the local community and schools. In 2010, after a stroke robbed him of his short term memory, he closed his shop after 25 years, retiring at the tender age of 82.
A dedicated family man, he was very close to his nieces and nephews. Dave and Carol married August 1, 1953, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Mansfield. Mr. Sweet taught Sunday school while a member here. In 1969 they transferred to the United Methodist Church of the Cross in Lexington. In the 1970’s, with three young sons, Mr. Sweet became a leader with Boy Scout troop #131 in Lexington. He loved nature and went on weekly hikes as well as annual camping trips with his wife and children.
He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Barbara Sweet of Mansfield, Donald and Deborah Sweet of Westerville, Timothy and Pamela Sweet of Centerville; daughters and son-in-law Pamela Sweet and Jennifer Sweet, both of Cincinnati, and Cynthia and John Vellucci of Kent. Mr. Sweet is also survived by grandchildren Megan, J.T., Brandy, Melody, Jeremiah, Meghan, Destiny, Michael, and Ashley, and 17 great grandchildren. Mr. Sweet is also survived by his brother William Sweet of Westerville; sisters-in-law Betty Hamman Mortz of Escondido, California, and Sandra Rucker of Mansfield; brothers-in-law Charlie and Kate Hamman of Shelby and Carl Hamman of Delaware, Ohio; numerous nieces, nephews, surrogate children, and dogs Brice and Tasha.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Carol Jean Hamman Sweet, in 2006, just shy of their 53rd wedding anniversary. Mr. Sweet is also preceded by his parents, sisters Hilma Diemer, Dorothy Merschdorf, and Ellen Culp; brother Charles Sweet, and many special dogs.
A special thank you to Hospice of Cincinnati at Blue Ash, and to all of the compassionate and gentle doctors, nurses, and personal care assistants that cared for him during the last 3 weeks of his life.
Memorial contributions to Hospice of Cincinnati may be made at the funeral home or online at http://www.hospiceofcincinnati.org/donate.shtml
The Sweet family will receive friends Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service honoring David’s life will be held Friday, May 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. Celebrant Dave Roberts will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve David’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them -or watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.