Harry C. Sweet, 89 years of age, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, 2012 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio. Harry was born in Mantua Township, Ohio, on December 10, 1922, the son of the late Walter and Emma (Jarvis) Sweet.
A lifetime Portage County resident, he had resided in Garrettsville over 60 years. Harry began carpentry work at the very young age of 14, and continued the art of wood crafting until his last days. He was a carpenter for Keller-Silver from where he retired. Harry enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 31, 1942, and proudly served his country during World War II. He saw action in the battles of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, and Ardennes, and was honorably discharged on October 19, 1945. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5067 Garrettsville, American Legion Post No. 0674 in Windham, and Parkman Lodge No. 0642 F.&A.M. His life was characterized by his love for his grandchildren, camping and fishing, carpentry, farming and antique tractors, and spending time with his late wife, Bernice, visiting family and friends, telling stories, and offering wisdom from his past.
Harry is survived by his son Stanley (Juanita Love) Kraft; his daughter Connie (Tom) Leedom; grandchildren, Tina (Dennis Ulrich) Dorris, Matt Leedom, Brett (Julie) Kraft; great-grandchildren, Tanya (Kevin) Pantalone, Tabitha (Jason) Converse, Dexter Dorris, Greg (Kristen) Kelley, Dustin Dorris, Ethan Kraft and Aiden Kraft; five adorable great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Bernice (Barger) Sweet in 2003, and his son Willie Sweet, and several loving brothers and sisters.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, from 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M., at the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua, where his funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. Harry will then be laid to rest at Park Cemetery in Garrettsville, where he will receive full military honors provided by the United States Army Honor Guard, assisted by American Legion Post No. 0674. The family would like to thank all of the many doctors, nurses and caregivers who aided in the care of Harry throughout the years, the Sedensky, Fry and Gingerich families for their love and support, and for each and every person who has brought out a smile or made Harry laugh at some point in his 89 years. In lieu of flowers for those who desire, memorial donations may be sent in Harry's name to the American Legion, 9960 East Center Street, Windham, Ohio 44288 or the VFW. His obituary and video tribute may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.
(Green Family Funeral Home (330) 274-3145 R-C 11-26-12)
I will miss you greatly but have wonderful memories as a very little girl and all the years I grew up around you. You never missed a time coming to see me when I got to Ohio Oh so many memories and not one can ever take them from me.I remember the years you lived with my mom and dad and went to school. I remember the time you were in the war and all the family was in Alliance. You will be missed greatly. To all the family I pray for love to be spread to each and everyone. Well comfort to all the family. Neice Alnetta Emmeline.
To the entire family of Harry Sweet,Having spent a few weeks with him in August and October, you need to know he had made his peace with his creator. He understood death and dying and excepted that his life was good.
Please make peace with each other and follow the wishes of Our Grandmother and his Mother Emiline Jarvis Sweet."Be kind and LOVE one another. That was the purpose of The Sweet-Jarvis Reunion.Always remember the good times and forgive what has gone a miss. God bless and keep you one and all now and forever. Love you all, Cousin Alice D. Legg and Family
Dear Connie and Family,
Ralph and I extend to you our condolances to the passing of your Dad, Harry. We know you were taking good care of your dad during his last few years. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Connie, Ralph and family
Uncle Harry: I will love you for the rest of my life and all of the memories I have of you will always be with me. I am so thankful I got to visit with you. May you rest in peace. Love, your niece, Carolyn.