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LeGrand William Sweet, 94, of West Edmeston, died peacefully March 8, 2014, at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born September 16, 1919, in West Edmeston, the son of Merton A. and Grace (Linger) Sweet. He married Eleanor G. Gaynor on July 8, 1946. LeGrand was inducted into the U.S. Army in August 1941, as Sergeant he served in the European Theater in Luxenberg, Germany, receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a proud member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart; 100th Infantry Division; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Whitestown; Disabled American Veterans; American Legion Post # 1492, Leonardsville; and the National Memorial WWII as a Charter member. For most of LeGrands working years he was employed at the Sheffield Farms Sealtest of West Edmeston. Later he was employed as Branch Manager for Queen Farms of Bridgewater from which he retired. He was an avid hunter, well known for his good mink as a trapper, and was often found fishing on the Unadilla River. LeGrand played on numerous local town baseball teams and was a devoted fan of the NY Yankees. He is survived by his children, Ida Mae and Anthony Tophoven, William LeGrand and Sylvia Sweet; his grandchildren, John LeGrand Tophoven, Marjorie Mae and Aaron Norman; Nichole Ann Marie and Shannon Carney; Mark William Sweet and his special friend, Ashley Simmons; one great-grandchild, Nora Carney; his step grandchild, Carrie Smith; his step great-grandchildren, Stephen, Destiny and Nathan; his niece, Janet and Ray Washburn; Sharon Schrag; and special friend, Alice Matthews. LeGrand was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor, in 1993 and his sister, LeOra Schrag, and his nephew, Gordon LeGrand Schrag. Graveside committal services will be held on Wednesday March 12, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at West Edmeston Cemetery. Contributions may be made in LeGrands memory to either the West Edmeston Fire Department or the First Baptist Church of West Edmeston. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Mar. 10, 2014
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