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Ernest Dwain Sweet


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Ernest Dwain Sweet Obituary
Ernest Dwain Sweet, 88, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016 at his home with his wife and daughters by his side.
Dwain was born Feb. 14, 1928 in Grenola, Kansas to Floyd Ernest Sweet and Blanche Charlotte Morris Sweet. He was the first of four boys.  
When Dwain was in grade school, the teacher told the students if they could bring in 50 cents, she would get them a harmonica, give them lessons and they would have a Christmas Concert. This began his love of the harmonica!  He graduated from Osceola High School, in Missouri as Valedictorian of his class.
He joined the United States Navy right out of high school, where he served his country and toured the world. 
While in the Navy, he met the love of his life, Pauline Francis Rose. They were married on July 26, 1952 in Richmond, Virginia. They were only separated by his tours of duty in the Navy. They would have celebrated 64 years together this year. Their anniversary was always a special date as that was the date their oldest daughter Sharon and her husband, Gene, chose to also be married.
He retired after 20 years in the U.S. Navy and went to work at Argonne National Laboratory in Idaho at the Site.  
After retiring from the site, Dwain and Pauline built a large shop at their home on Highway 91 and Dwain opened his Small Engine Repair Shop. He could be found most days puttering in his shop. In 1992 he and his bride started traveling to Kino Bay Mexico, where they wintered for the next 21 years. When they weren't fishing, collecting seashells, digging clams, picking oranges, or shelling fresh pecans (for one  of moms delicious desserts) Dad could be found repairing fishing gear, taking an occasional siesta in the beautiful Mexico sunshine, or sipping a cerveza.
Dad was the life of any party, playing one of his many harmonicas, the spoons, or anything else that made music. He was always up for a game of cards, and he was always the score keeper (we always told him that's why he won so frequently.)
He was always willing to help others. If something needed repairing, he almost always could find a way to repair it. It was a rarity he couldn't fix something.
Dwain is survived by his wife, Pauline Rose Sweet of Blackfoot; daughters, Sharon (Gene) Mecham of Firth and Jacqueline Sweet of Blackfoot; brother, John Sweet of Grenola, KS; two grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Blanche Sweet; brothers, Floyd and Jimmie Sweet; and mother-in-law, Alma Rose.
He taught his girls to know right from wrong, use their hands and their brains, and to always ALWAYS put his tools back where they belonged. Thank you Daddy!
Sea Dog over and out.
At Dwain's request there will not be a funeral. Instead the family will visit with friends at Hawker Funeral Home Thursday May 12, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. There will be a graveside military service at the Basalt Cemetery the following morning on Friday at 10 a.m. The family would like to thank Hospice of Eastern Idaho who made their father so comfortable during his final days and allowed them to stay by his side until the end.
Published in The Morning News on May 11, 2016
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