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Ned Orville Sweebe, 78, of Hope, passed away peacefully at home on April 15, 2019. He was born on February 2, 1941 to the late Orville and Norma (Howard) Sweebe. On June 26, 1965 he married his high school sweetheart Donna Thomas and they had 51 wonderful years together before she predeceased him on August 17, 2016.

Ned was born and raised in Midland Michigan and spent his childhood playing Varsity sports for Midland High and helping his dad build houses and businesses across town. After high school, Ned served in the United States Army in Germany. He worked for the City of Midland for over 30 years, serving in many roles all over the county. Ned loved riding snowmobiles, motorcycles and boating on Wixom Lake. He enjoyed anything that went fast! His greatest pleasure in life was going for a long drive up North with his family and reminiscing on days past spent with family in the Grayling area.

Ned is survived by his children, Raelyn (Allen) Sweebe and Amanda (Jesse Kapff) Stryker and granddaughter, Kayla Mae Stryker. Ned was predeceased by his siblings, Jo Anne, Yvonne Norton and Ted Sweebe.

A Funeral Service will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Reith officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home from 4-7 pm and at the church on Thursday from 3 pm until the time of service at 4pm. Burial will take place a New Hope Cemetery. Please join the family for a luncheon from 2-3pm prior to the visitation at the church on Thursday.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the family in his memory.

On line condolences may be left at smithminer.com

Condolence Messages

  1. Maxine Dauer

    17 April 2019 5 days ago

    Rae and Mandy, thinking about you and yours during this difficult time. Hopefully you get some peace knowing your parents have been reunited. They were both such caring and loving people!

  2. Ted Minkin

    15 April 2019 7 days ago

    I worked with Ned in DPW/ City of Midland. We served in Germany in the Army @ Wutzberg, Germany. We both boated and lived on Wixom for years. Many good memories of Ned.

  3. Linda Kiesel

    15 April 2019 7 days ago

    My deepest sympathy to the family.
    I will miss Need and his laugh.
    It was my pleasure to be of assistance to him.
    RIP Need!

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