James L. “Jim” Sweat
April 26, 1950 ‒ August 07, 2016
Man’s best friend – the very metaphor for loyalty – had nothing on Jim Sweat. Completely dedicated to his family, friends and community, there was no grey area on Jim’s loyalty scale: he “would do anything” for them, he was completely dedicated, completely loyal.
Remembered as a caring and compassionate man, Jim passed into the Lord’s presence early Sunday morning August 7, 2016 from OhioHealth Riverside Hospital in Columbus. He was 66.
Born April 23, 1950 in Saltville, Virginia to Hal Junior and Margaret (Church) Sweat, he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1969, and served with the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. Most recently Jim graduated from North Central State College with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, which he was extremely proud of.
Jim served for seven years as a boys worker, and became the Athletic Director in 1975 for Friendly House before accepting a position with Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 1980. From 1983 to 1993 he served the City of Mansfield on the police force and became the head trainer of the force’s K-9 unit. In 1993 he went back to the sheriff’s department and led the K-9 unit there, also. Jim refused promotions in order to retain a K-9 by his side. As former president of the U.S. Police K-9 Association, Jim was nationally renowned for his expertise as a trainer. He retired in 2015.
Jim never retired from serving. He continued in his role as a Monroe Township Trustee – serving his fellow neighbor residents.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lucas, William Taylor Lodge #32 FOP, a former member of Lucas Lions Club, and enjoyed a good ride on his Harley Davidson Road King motorcycle.
Family was everything to Jim. They include his wife Marianne (Battisti) Sweat, whom he married June 15, 1974; their children James (Kelli) Sweat, Jr of Lucas and Megan (Jason) Goings of Mansfield; grandchildren James Tyler, Morgan Elizabeth Sweat, Chris and Cory Evans (step-children), Kamrin, Jayden and Mason Goings; great grandson Christian Evans; siblings JoAnn Sweat, Ervin (Melanie) Sweat, and Pam (Rickey) Gee; brother-in-law James (Jill) Battisti, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Peter and Margaret Battisti.
The Sweat family will receive friends Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue. A memorial service will be held Friday at 3 p.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 106 West Main Street, Lucas, with Pastor David Aune officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow at the Lucas Community Center, 252 W Main Street, Lucas.
Contributions in Jim’s memory to Friendly House may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sweat family. Send them a message of support – or watch Jim’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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