James L. “Jim” Sweat

April 26, 1950 ‒ August 07, 2016

Lucas, Ohio


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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  • Marianne…. My heart is breaking for you and your family. I still can see you and Jim sitting at the kitchen table in the kitchen at Happy Hollow with Pete and others around visiting . I think it was even before you were married. My memories span the years of seeing you both. Before we moved to Florida, I remember waving at Jim on trick or treat nights as he cruised up and down the street in Lucas. I will always love you and hold you and your family deep in my heart. Love Shelli (Cline) Leclair

  • Marianne, My deepest and sincere sympathies to you and your family. I remember Jim and my brother Buzzy laughing most of the time they were together. Where did those school days go. He’s at home now and the Lord probably has given him more K9’s than he could possibly imagine Be strong in the Lord and lean on his strength. My heart goes out to you. Cheryl Wittmer Brown

  • The entire Lucas community is heartbroken over Jim Sr’s loss. Growing up and graduating with Jim’s son, I spent a great deal of time at the Sweat house. He was a father figure to me then, and continued to be till the day he left us. The memory of Jim’s relentless dedication to his family and community will live forever in the hearts and minds of us all. Jim was a true mentor to many, and leaves behind a forever lasting legacy of compassion and kindness. Love you Jim. Rest easy my friend.

    With Love,
    Aaron Niswander & Family

  • This man was a one of a kind. A giver, a protector and a true angel that walked on this earth. Jim never met a stranger and always saw the good in everyone. We are so blessed to have had you in our life. We had a lot of fun adventure together. You will always be with us our friend on our next journeys through life but we will miss you deeply. We have our amazing memories and stories the will be told for years to come. My friend , you will always be with us. Sadly missed. Jeff and Amy

  • James, Jr. and family. It saddens me to hear of this. Your dad was a wonderful person and you have my deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace.

  • Worked many years with Jim, may he rest in God’s loving arms and gives his family the strength to get through this difficult time.
    Vicki Lawhun and family

  • Marianne and family, my thoughts and prayers to you all, Jimmy was always one of the good guys and Dan And I thought so much of him. Many great memories for you to all cherish.

  • Megan and family, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you through this difficult time. Rejoice in memories as they make you smile and keep your heart filled with love. Your father was a beloved man in this community!

  • Marianne and family,
    Rory and I only knew you a few years, but Jim was a larger than life figure to many, especially to Julie and Cory. I remember Julie saying she could not wait for us to meet ” The Sweats “. She was right, wonderful people, thru and thu.
    Our hearts go out to you and will keep your family in our prayers.
    Rory and Jackie Plagenz

  • Jim was truly one of the nicest men we have ever known. Prayers of peace and comfort to the entire Sweat family.
    Jim and Nancy Niswander

  • Overnight at happy hollow, (sleeping) in the BB gun range. A car comes up the drive without headlights and proceeds to spot light the building! Scattering boys! Ultimately ended in an extended visit/story/ bs session. I’m better for knowing Jim and my condolences to everyone. I’ll throw a leg over for Jim.

  • Marianne so sorry for your loss Jim was your best friend and I loved seeing you both. I will miss his smile when we run into each other. Praying for you and your family.

  • I have known Jim since my junior high days or before from Park Lanes….though I was the backwards girl that would never talk to him – we grew up with a lot of the same circle of friends. and all these years later, our kids and grandkids ended up as friends from school….over the years Jim always asked about my family and my mother in law and I never realized this until just yesterday that they were back-yard neighbors from Roseland and friends long before I was in the family.
    In February of this year you guys stepped forward to help with my benefit, and I couldn’t believe that you all thought that much of me to lend a helping hand….and I now wish I would have had more time to thank you both for that….Jim was a great man with many friends and stories to tell, and there will never be another like him.
    Marrianne than you so much for sharing your husband with so many, and you have so many wonderful memories of your time together and helping others….we all share in your loss……your friend Ev

  • Marianne and family so sorry for your loss.Jim was a good friend and partner.Jim will be greatly missed.

  • Oh Marianne my heart just hurts for you and your family. This still feels like it’s not real. I pray God will ease your pain. To know Jimmy was to love him. What a warm wonderful man. He loved to pick out new clothes for you. My honor to help him. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Much Love.

  • Marianne and family, I am deeply saddened at Jim’s passing. He certainly knew how to live his life. May God bless you with his comfort and know that I am only one of a great many who give my most sincere condolences.

  • Marianne, Jimmy, Megan & family ~ you’re all in my thoughts and prayers. Jim was genuinely a man of his word, kind and a gentleman. I’ve never met anyone like him, he will be missed ❤️

  • Rest in peace neighbor…our prayers go out to the family, I know how much he will be missed…

  • Marianne and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you and give you strength in these difficult times.

  • Marianne and family……So sorry for your loss. We will be praying for God’s comfort and peace.

  • Dear Sweat Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Jim was such a kind person who was a valued staple of the community. May God bring you peace in knowing how many lives he made a positive impact on.

  • Megan & Family-my heart goes out to you, so sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort during this time of grief and that God will grant you the strength needed to get through this trying time.Our most sincere condolences.

  • Marianne, Jimmy & Megan,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a very special human being. We will miss him greatly. You all are in our hearts & on our minds. We pray for healing & happiness in your futures. Forever loving you all💗💗💗 The Stansberry’s

  • Marianne and family and all those that knew worked with Jim. I am so sorry for your loss.
    I met Jim many years ago, we both had chosen the career of law enforcement and the partnering with a four legged partner. Our families grew up attending many canine certifications and trials. Jim and his family hosted several USPCA national events in Mansfield and those attending found the Sweat family great hosts.
    I spent many hours with Jim as USPCA president, Jim never never sought the limelight but worked tireless to provide officers with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful canine handlers and a credit to law enforcement and their community.
    Jim taught by being an example in life and foremost was his love for God and family.
    Rest in peace dear friend knowing you made the world a better place.
    Russ Hess
    Retired National Executive Director
    The United States Police Canine Association

  • I am sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I met him when he was training dogs for the sheriff’s office. He always seemed to be in a good mood. I’m sorry he didn’t get to enjoy his retirement for a longer period of time.

  • Marianne and family,
    Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this time. You can be very proud of your husband and father for all his work in law enforcement. remember the good times to help you through the coming days.

  • Formerly of Ed’s Dairy Bar & Pizza, Ed and Kathy To the Sweat family, you have our deepest sympathy, Jim will be missed by so many. Can still see his smiling face, coming in the door.(Many years ago), gone but not forgotten. Ed & Kathy Mawhorr

  • Megan and Family: I am sorry for your loss and will keep you in prayer for God’s peace. Losing a family member is hard but we know that he is in a place with the Lord. I love you.

  • Marianne , Jimmy and Megan,
    I am saddened by your loss. Jim was a great guy. Please accept my condolences .

  • Dear Marianne, Such sad news. I have many fond memories of Jim. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. God bless you and keep you.
    Love, Anne

  • Megan & Family,
    My deepest sympathy for your loss! My heart and love is with you during this difficult time. May Our Heavenly Father wrap his arms around you with great comfort at this time.

    Beckie (Walker) McKee💕

  • Dear Marianne and Family,
    I just heard this evening about Jim passing, and I am still in shock. My very deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I know how much Jim was looking forward to lots of activities with you and your family in his retirement, and am sad that this was cut short . Jim was my “go to” guy as Township Trustee when we were trying to figure out the deal with the burial plots at Odd Fellows Cemetery to bury my father in 2010. Without Jim’s help, my father’s cremains would probably still be in my living room. I know Jim is with his loving parents in heaven. They raised a wonderful son. May God’s comfort hold you and your family during this time of loss.

    Jim & Aleta Crunkilton

  • I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Jim. He was always so pleasant to work with and very dedicated as a township trustee and also as a deputy sheriff. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this most difficult time.

  • Marianne and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and keep you.

  • Iam very sorry for your loss . I went to junior and senior high with him.Sounds like he new the Lord as his savor praize God for that. For he’s in a better place then we are . May the Lord bless and keep your family safe.

  • The Sweat Family – you have our deepest sympathy. Jim was a great guy. Gary still talks about traveling to Mansfield when Canton was getting started in K-9. He touched everyone in his own way. We will always cherish the great memories. Gary and Deb Haft

  • Marianne, Jimmy, Megan & Families,
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. I pray your special memories and God’s Love will sustain you through the difficult days ahead. Jim will definitely be missed by many. I will remember his smile and kindness, and many words of encouragement.
    God Bless you, remembering you in prayer,
    Cindy Van Wagner-Alt

  • My deepest condolences to you Marianne and your family.
    Jim was so fun to be around, he was always smiling and so laid back…my kind of people. I know he will be missed by alot of people. Bless you and your family at this very hard time.

  • My most heartfelt condolences to you, Mrs. Sweat and your family. I am heartbroken over the news of Jim’s passing. He was a joy to know even in my limited capacity. He always had a smile for everyone and he will be truly missed. If I can be of any service to you please don’t hesitate to contact me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • I was floored to hear about Jimmy. He was such an influence on me as a young canine handler back in the mid-90s. He along with JD Toth took me under their wings and helped guide me along. What a lose to his family and all that knew him. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • What a great guy, he always made me laugh when we talked and he always had a smile. I will miss our talks at Shags. So sorry for your loss.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was always a bright spot when he came to the Mansfield Clerk of Court office. I hope you find peace in the deep mark Jim made in this community and in life.

  • Marianne and family,
    So sorry to hear you lost the love of your life. You have our deepest sympathy. Mike grew up with Jim as a kid and it seems like we’ve known each other for a long time too. People grow up and move away from friends and lose touch. We watched the video together and you could see the love you two shared. With losing your mother so recently and now your husband it has to be a hard thing to bear. My your wonderful memories carry you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


  • Dear Swe. at Family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I have lots of great memories of working with Jim. Lots of laughs, on and off duty. I always felt his love and commitment to the job and his family. You are in my prayers.

  • Marianne,
    I’m so sorry to have not made it to the calling hours. I tried, but couldn’t do it. It’s all still so fresh for me and seeing all of Todd’s friends would have broken my heart.

    Todd and I so loved Jim. He was the “Dad” of our riding group. I always knew Todd was in good, safe hands if he was with Jim. Jim was truly Todd’s hero. He loved him so so much. I’m sure they are kicking back in heaven reminiscing and catching up.

    My heart breaks for you and your family, you’ve all been through so much. Please do not hesitate to call if you need anything or if you just need to be with someone. Once again, my love pours out to you and the family. Jim will be truly missed.

  • You have our deepest Sympathy. Jim was a good man and loved his family, and friend to all. He surely will be missed/

  • To all of the Sweat family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jimmy was one outstanding guy who will be missed by so many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you, and give you His peace and comfort.