Keith Eugene Sweeney, 78, of Clymer, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, May 22, in Simpsonville, S.C., after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Jamestown, N.Y., on March 31, 1936, a son to the late John and Blanche Sweeney.
After graduating from Northern Area High School in 1955, where he earned 12 varsity letters for his participation in football, baseball and basketball, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Colorado, and continued to participate in football and basketball. He went on to travel with and coach the football team at the Air Force Academy.
He met his wife, Yvette in Colorado, and they were married on Jan. 2, 1960. Shortly after that, they moved to Clymer, where they bought a farm. They were to remain there for many years raising their family.
Keith always enjoyed farming but had several other occupations including Buesink Ford, Gallup and TenHaken and owning a gas station in the middle of downtown Clymer. He always maintained his love of farming though, even extending it into his retirement when he raised goats as a hobby. His favorite job was driving school bus, which he did for nearly 30 years. He loved the children and got to know them well.
Besides raising goats and cows, his favorite hobby was being involved in the happenings around town. His stopping in at the Dutch Village to get the latest updates was a very common thing. He was proud of the fact that he was able to help several local families by organizing fundraisers.
Keith was preceded in death of his wife of 51 years, Yvette Irene Balla Sweeney. He is survived by his three loving children: Kevin Sweeney (Beth) of Erie, Pa., Kraig Sweeney of Sherman, N.Y., and Kristine Grover (Chad) of Simpsonville, S.C. He is also sur-vived by five grandchildren and six (soon to be seven) great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be on Friday, June 6, 2014, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Spitzer Funeral Home in Clymer, N.Y. A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 7, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the North Clymer United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Erin Beckerink officiating.