Dale M. Sweatt
RUMFORD -- Dale M. Sweatt, 80, of Green Woods Road, Peru, died on January 6, 2012 at Rumford Hospital, following a brief illness. His “girls” were with him.
Dale was born in Rumford on April 18, 1931, the youngest and one of three sons born to Verle L. Sweatt and Lilla Y. (McLennan) Sweatt. He was educated in Rumford schools and was a graduate of Stephens High School in the Class of 1949.
He joined the U.S. Air Force following high school and served in Germany and France as a member of the Occupation Forces
following WW II, returning to Rumford in 1954 following his discharge.
In his younger years, Dale was employed at Oxford Paper Company, in various positions, sold business machines, became a private pilot and finally settled into mineral exploration and mining in Oxford County and the marketing of mineral specimens and gemstones, interests that continued until his death.
Dale was a member of the Masons, Elks, Eagles, American Legion, VFW and Oakdale Country Club. As a young man, he loved skiing, ski jumping, and was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol (Donahue) Sweatt; a daughter, Valerie L. Provencher; granddaughters, Jessica L.
Naples and Kayla L. Provencher; great-grandson, Blake Bordeau; a brother, Glynn V. Sweatt, and niece, Lilla Sweatt, both of El Cajon, CA; and many good friends.
He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Wayne L. Sweatt, late of Tampa, FL; and many good friends.
Visiting hours will be 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday at SG Thibault Funeral Home, where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Spring interment will be in Farrington Morton Cemetery in Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oakdale Country Club Youth Program, c/o Mike Kersey, 506 West Side Rd., Weld, ME 04285, or McKennel’s Animal Adoption Agency, 88 Hall Hill Rd., Rumford, ME 04276.