Donald M. (Donny) Sweazy
May 26, 1962 – June 2, 2022
Loving husband, father, brother, friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents, Don L. and Anita Sweazy, and sister, Donna Sweazy. He is survived by his wife, Donella, and son, Samuel; brothers, Ben Sweazy (Daria) and John Sweazy (Deb); and sister, Sue DeSousa (Joel).
VISITATION: Sunday, June 26th from 1pm to 4pm at the West Center Chapel. SERVICES: Monday, June 27th at 10am, West Center Chapel.
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Don Sweazy passed away June 2, 2022 while vacationing with (as he would call them) his two favorite people.
Donny (as he was known to family) was reared on a family farm in Omaha, Nebraska with his two older brothers and one older sister. As a child he attended a small two-room school at District 67 until it closed. He entered sixth grade at Bennington Public Schools and graduated from Bennington High School in 1980. Donny enjoyed many sports and played basketball and baseball for his school. Don’s creative side expressed itself in vocal music, charcoal and pencil drawings, writing poems, stories and renewal vows for his family.
Growing up, Don had always wanted to be a farmer and was able to do that for two years after high school, by farming with his dad and brother, John. After the farm, he worked over 20 years for Benson Transfer.
Don had the desire and determination to someday become a fireman for Omaha. He accomplished that goal in April 2006 at the age of 44. He never regretted that decision and felt privileged to be part of Fire Station 56. He was promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer in 2013.
Don unknowingly met his future bride, Donella Shirley, through an arranged “chance meeting” and they were married in 2009. God blessed them with the birth of their son, Samuel. Don’s unchanging goal was to build a loving home together with Donella and Samuel centered around the love of Christ.
Don was a man of confident faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Don enjoyed sharing this love of Christ with everyone he met. One of his greatest joys was to minister to others at Temple Baptist Church. His desire to serve others has led him to take on leadership roles as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and AWANA club leader. Here his creativity came through with some of the best decorations and games for VBS.
Don’s willingness to serve others helped him to easily form many friendships and his passing will leave a big hole in many people’s lives.
He is survived by his wife, Donella, and their son, Samuel along with his brothers, Ben (Daria) Sweazy of Whitewater, Kansas; John (Deb) Sweazy of Lincoln, Nebraska; and his sister, Sue (Joel) DeSousa of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Don L. & Anita Sweazy and sister, Donna Sweazy.