David Stanislaus Sweeney, 93, of Staples, passed away at his home with family by his side on April 27, 2020.
A private family burial was held at St. Isidore’s Catholic Cemetery, Moran Township, Minnesota.
David was born to James and Mary (Adamietz) Sweeney in Staples on May 17, 1926. He grew up on the farm near Staples.
David was a man of uncommon strength and a good sense of humor. He served our country fighting in the Pacific Theater during WWII, what has often been called the fiercest fighting known to mankind. If anyone ever deserved a 21-gun salute, it was him. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, he will silently be buried with a prayer. Thanks for everything, Dad, you were great.
After the war he worked construction in St. Paul. He married Genevieve Dukowitz on October 12, 1948. The couple lived for a short time in St. Paul, before returning to Staples where they raised their family and farmed. David was also a brakeman for the Northern Pacific Railroad, which later became the Burlington Northern.
David is survived by and will be missed and lovingly remembered by three sons, David J. (Carrie) Sweeney of Rice, Daniel (LuAnn) Sweeney and Mark Sweeney, both of Staples; one daughter, Lucinda “Cindy” Sweeney of Osakis; seven grandchildren, Brandon, Erik, Luke, Paul, Ryan, Jennifer and Michelle; three great-grandchildren: Aidan, Atticus and Jaxan; many nieces and nephews.
David is preceded in death by his parents; wife; seven brothers, Robert, John, James, Donald, Hughie, Cletus, Gerald and two sisters, Veronica and Mary.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home; itenfuneralhome.com.