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Raymond Thomas Sweeney, 1925-2023

Raymond Thomas Sweeney, age 97, residing in Rescue, California, peacefully went to be with our lord on April 12, 2023.  “Sweeney” or “Tata” as family and friends knew him, was preceded in death by his wife Doloris Gladys (Taresh) Sweeney, their daughter Carol Rae, his parents Tell and Frankie Sweeney, four brothers, Jack, Jim, Bob and Pat Sweeney.  He leaves behind his two sons, Raymond Tell Sweeney (Janice) and James (Jim) Sweeney (Jan); six grandchildren, five great-granddaughters, three step-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren, and four step-great-great-grandchildren.  He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, uncle and friend.

He was born in the family home in Roseville, California, in 1925, delivered by his grandmother, Mrs. Laura Virginia Whittier, the wife of Roseville Doctor James York Whittier. He resided there until he enlisted in the US Navy in January of 1942, a month after the Pearl Harbor attack. He was 16 years old at the time of his enlistment and assigned to the Naval Air Corp, as an Aviation Fire Controlman, and Naval Ordnanceman, until his Honorable Separation in June of 1947.  He continued inactive Naval service as an Aviation Ordnanceman from July of 1947 until July of 1952.

In 1947 he visited friends in Taylorsville where he met a local girl, Doloris Taresh. They eventually got married and had a daughter (she died shortly after birth) and two sons that they raised in Taylorville.  He worked for several logging companies and the Genesee Lumber Co. as well as Sacramento Valley Molding and Cheney Lumber Company before leaving the area in 1973. He and Doloris moved to Idaho for a couple years and returned to Roseville in 1976 where he was employed at the Alcan Wire Company for a few years before being hired by Hewlett and Packard in Roseville, as the facility locksmith. He retired after 15 years at age 70.  He then moved to Shingle Springs, Calif., then Rescue, Calif., where he resided until his death. His property in Taylorsville is still in the family because we consider Taylorsville our home.

He was always a proud and responsible man that loved his family dearly and requested to leave this world quietly with no ceremonies.  He and his wife Doloris will be laid to rest at the Taylorsville Cemetery near the gravesites of Doloris’s father and mother, Lewis (Winnie), and Doloris Gladys (Goldie) Taresh.

One thought on “Raymond Thomas Sweeney, 1925-2023

  • He was a lovely gentleman and Delores was a wonderful person as well, loved them both.
    Ray and Janice, Jim and Janice my prayers are with you but I know your father lived a long and treasured life.

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