OBITUARY:Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 12:00 am
Paratrooper, Instructor, 77,World War II paratrooper James “Jim” Sweeney died Sept. 25, 2004, in Joshua Tree. He was 77 years old.
Born Dec. 31, 1926, to James D. Sweeney and Marie Klavon Sweeney, Mr. Sweeney lived in California for 50 years, 28 of them in Yucca Valley,He and his wife, Connie, were married 53 years.
A United States paratrooper in World War II, Mr. Sweeney went on to be an instructor in hand-to-hand combat for the Los Angeles Police Department before his retirement. He was active in his church, passionate about the pro-life movement and dedicated to his family. He took much pride at having been a paratrooper. His life always revolved around serving well his family, country and God.
He was preceded in death by his children Rose Ann and David.He is survived by his wife, Connie Sweeney of Yucca Valley; his brother, Don Sweeney of Medford, Ore.; his daughters and their husbands, Mary Ann and Roger Naylor of Spokane, Wash., Ann and Eric Van Zeyl of Round Rock, Texas, and Rose and Tom Ave of Apple Valley; his sons and their wives, James M. and Holly Sweeney of Apple Valley, John and Diane Sweeney of Wildomar and Patrick Sweeney of Bullhead, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. and a service at 11 a.m. Sept. 30 at St. Christopher of the Desert in Joshua Tree. Father Ignacious will officiate. A celebration of life will follow. Inurnment will be private at the Riverside Veterans’ Cemetery