James Lawson Sweezey

James Lawson Sweezey, a resident of both Eaton Rapids and Houghton Lake, MI, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2023, at the age of 85. Born on September 12, 1938, in Pulaski Township, MI. He proudly graduated from Parma High School, where his athletic prowess, particularly in football, shone brightly.

On October 18, 1958, Jim married the love of his life, Barbara (Adams) Sweezey. Together, they raised two beautiful daughters. Jim began his professional journey at the Yardman Factory in Jackson, later moving on to Johnson Iron Works in Charlotte, and ultimately retiring from Spartan Motors in 1991. In retirement, he immersed himself in farming and the management of his rental properties and real estate.

Renowned for his honesty and strong work ethic, Jim conducted business with a handshake and a smile, adhering to old-fashioned principles. A natural storyteller and a sociable individual, he never met a stranger. He absolutely loved his family and cherished his wife, children, and grandchildren and was a role model for how to be a father and how to treat a woman.

He was active in his church community, first at All Saints Lutheran in Mason and later at Robbins United Methodist in Eaton Rapids. Jim loved to hunt and was a true outdoorsman. He loved a good deal and was always up for a treasure hunt at a local pawn shop. Jim’s organized nature found expression in documenting his life and family through categorized pictures and scrapbooking.

Jim is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Barbara; his beloved daughters, Deb Sweezey Hunt, and Suzanne Sweezey. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Alexandra “Ali” Hunt, Russell James “R.J.” Hunt, one brother, William (Sharon) Sweezey, numerous nieces, and nephews, and good friend, Michael Rosenberger. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hiram and Arnania (Koller) Sweezey; sister, Kathleen Holmes, and brother, Hiram Sweezey.

For those wishing to honor Jim, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To share memories or leave online condolences please visit www.SkinnerFuneralHomes.com.