Born on June 22, 1928, in Terre Haute, Indiana, Arthur Ray Sweeting left this earth on May 21st, 2020 to rejoin the love of his life, Carolyn Jane Kackley Sweeting. They were married for over 71 years.
Predeceased by his parents Edward Arthur Sweeting and Ruth Pierce Sweeting; brothers Charles Pierce and Kenneth Pierce; brother-in-law John Kackley and his wife Carolyn, he is survived by Nancee Sorenson (Warren Blikken), Martin Sweeting and Michael Sweeting; grandchildren Sarah Jane Lile (Adam), Eric Sorenson, Alanna Sweeting; great-grandchildren Carter and Addison Lile; and brother-in-law and sister-in law Richard and Jeri Kackley; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He and Carolyn are profoundly missed.
A 1947 graduate of Garfield High School, he took the call of duty in 1952 and proudly served in the US Army plotting artillery ahead of the front line during the Korean War.
Upon his return he became an apprentice and later Master Electrician in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW, Local 725 in Terre Haute, Indiana.
A man of many talents and abilities, he was a boxer in his early years, a talented dancer (along with Carolyn), loved the outdoors including camping, fishing, and golf. He bowled on several local leagues, enjoyed playing cards and was an expert billiard player who spent more than a few Saturday afternoons at The Rust Brothers Emporium holding court. He could fix anything and lived by the maxim, "If you're not going to do it right, don't do it at all," sometimes to the chagrin of his children.
As an electrician, he taught many upcoming apprentices, managed large job assignments and was one of the few in the area who was comfortable working in high places and with high voltage. He was very proud of his work on major projects at Indiana State University, Hercules and many others in the Wabash Valley area. He was part of the construction crew that built The Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. He spent several years as an assistant coach in youth sports for baseball and football.
"Art" was a humble man of great capabilities who was down to earth, strong and easy to be around. He was and is an inspiration to his children, grandchildren, family members and many who knew him.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite.
A memorial service, followed by interment at Roselawn Cemetery, will be held on Saturday, June 27th at Greiner Funeral Home, 2005 North 13th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47804. Visitation and a service will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A reception will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn for family and friends beginning at approximately 3:00 p.m. Online condolences can be made at:
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