Roger Sweep

Roger J. Sweep, 83, of Clara City, died Wednesday, May 11th at his home. His memorial service will be at 11:00 am, Monday, May 16th at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. Visitation will be one hour prior to his service. Burial will be at Bethany Reformed Cemetery in Clara City. Memorials are preferred to Carris Health Hospice or American Cancer Society. Arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Clara City.

Roger Sweep was born June 12, 1938, to John “Jack” and Margaret (Aalfs) Sweep. He was baptized and later confirmed at Bethany Reformed Church in Clara City. Roger attended school in Clara City, where he graduated from High School in 1956. On June 10, 1960, Roger was united in marriage to Susan McNeil at United Methodist Church in Montevideo. To this union three sons were born: Troy, Chad and Shaun. They made their home in Clara City where Roger started working for Variety Supply Company (VSC), he continued to work there for 34 years. During this time, he managed the Printing Department, and later promoted to Traffic Department manager and Shipping Department manager. After VSC closed Roger and a partner started a consolidation company called A and S Consolidations. He later started a printing company with a partner called Printing Plus, where they did offset printing and silk screening. Printing Plus was purchased by the Clara City Herald and Roger worked at the Herald and managed Printing Plus until his semi-retirement at the age of 67. During this time Roger drive school bus for Berghuis Bus and Palmer Bus Company for 23 years, retiring on June 5, 2012. Roger enjoyed the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and especially taking his family on trips. They went to South Dakota for pheasants, and also hunted deer and fished. He also enjoyed wood working, baking bread, making jam and homemade wine, and gardening. Roger was active at Bethany Reformed Church where he was a Deacon, Elder and Vice President of Consistory, baked bread for Soup for the Souls, made wooden crosses for Cross Ministry and also drove church bus. Roger always appreciated the sun rises and sun sets and that God gave him the privilege of seeing them when he drove the bus. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa and friend.

Roger is survived by his wife, Susan; children: Troy (Janet) Sweep of Clara City, Chad (Sharon) Sweep of St. Cloud, and Shaun Sweep of Clara City; grandchildren: Allison (Bryan) Pauling, Alex (Lindsey) Sweep, Mandi (Joel) Ellerbroek, Maggie (Tony) Lysfjord, Justin (Courtney Struckman) Sweep, Krista (Caleb) Murphy, and John (Jessica) Sweep; 16 great-grandchildren; and sister, Bonnie (Jim) Miller of West Norway Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-infancy, Allen Sweep and parents-in-law: Earle and Amanda McNeil. 

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