JOPLIN, Mo. —
Dale Albert Sweet, age 96, Joplin, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at his home after a lengthy illness.
Dale was born Aug. 10, 1917, in Riceville, Iowa, to the late Albert M. Sweet and Ruth B. Stark Sweet. His family moved to Lamar, Mo., when he was 4 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, Jean, enjoyed traveling and seeing the many cultures and sights throughout the world.
He was a member of the Joplin Lodge No. 335, AF&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Joplin; Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Temple, Springfield; Joplin Shrine Club; Temple Chapter No. 95 OES; Robert S. Thurman American Legion Post No. 13; Joplin Elks 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. Dale was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Joplin.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by a son, Rick Sweet; and sisters, Darlene Sweet and Beryl E. Dale.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Jean Beinke Sweet; sons, William D. Sweet and wife, Star, of Joplin, David M. Sweet and wife, Susan, of 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, of Chandler, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Cinda Sweet, of Joplin; sister, Margery Rich, of Springfield, Mo.; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held for Dale on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel and a memorial service will follow at 6:30 p.m. with full Military Honors provided by American Legion Post No. 13.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of Christ, Scientist.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermortuary.com