S: The Sweet Family Story
FC: Robert and Doris Sweet February 1950 | The Sweet Family Story | Cruising Down the River on A Sunday Afternoon
1: The Sweet
2: Robert Lee Sweet December 12, 1926 - May 31, 2010 Robert (Bob) Lee Sweet was born in Smith County Kansas to the proud parents of Frank and Maggie Sweet on December 12, 1926. He grew up on the family farm in Kansas. Robert attended school through the eigth grade and then he moved to Franklin, Nebraska where he attended high school. As the years went on he grew to love wrestling, gardening, rocks, all types of flowers, the song "Somewhere my love", watching wrestling, the color green, polkas, cheating at cards, well groomed yards and spotless cars, coining the phrase "Hot Damn", and spending time with his family.
3: Doris Yvonne Butterfield (Metz) March 21, 1931 Doris was born on March 21, 1931 at 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday night to the proud parents William Lawrence and Anna Butterfield at home on the farm south of Bloomington Nebraska. She loved playing house with her dolly made of sticks and wood until one day the dolly sadly fell down the hole in the outhouse. One of Doris' earliest memories is falling off of the porch and landing on a basket that was used to gather eggs and cutting her chin where she still bears the scar. Growing up during this time period was very difficult. Their family was always poor but they never went hungry and they moved a lot. They shared chores and Doris was to help clean the house. Her least favorite chore was doing laundry. They would have to boil the white clothes in a boiler on the stove and hand wash the clothes on a wash board, hang them outside to dry and then she would have to iron them. Her family moved from Bloomington to Kearney Nebraska and lived there until 1942. From there they moved to California until 1947, From there they went to Mission San Jose, on to Flippen, Arkansas, then back to Bloomington Nebraska until 1948. Then on to Dodge, Nebraska and finally settling in Franklin, Nebraska in 1949. Over the years Doris grew to love the color aqua, the song "still", watching the t.v.show "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader", reading Nancy Reagan's biography, playing games and doing puzzles, roses, gladiolas and spending time with her family.
4: When Two People Fell in Love The year was 1949. Doris was working as a waitress in a cafe when Bob came in with a friend for coffee. Bob later returned with Dub Nelson and that is when he worked up enough courage to ask Doris to a local dance. Their liking for each other grew and they continued to date. Bob worked on the Harlan Damn from the hours of 3:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. so their dates were mostly on the weekends and consisted of going to the movies on Saturday nights, for a drive in the car on Sunday afternoons, but sometimes they would drive to the river and sit and talk. They were married on Thursday, February 2, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Gibbon, Nebraska. They never went on a honeymoon. Doris admired that Bob was a very simple and sincere man. He always worked very hard to care for his family, that he loved to play cards, and she loved the fact that he was damn good looking.
6: Along came the family... | Hers the latest on the situation, I am my folks brand new relation: Steven Lee Sweet Born: Tuesday, April 1, 1958 5 lbs 8 oz 7:24 am
7: Doris found out she was pregnant with Willard (Bill) soon after Bob proposed to her. She broke the news to Bob one night while they were sitting in the car. Bill's name was chosen because Doris wanted to call him Billy Joe after the doctor (Willard) who delivered him. Eight years later Doris thought she was suffering from the flu and could only eat oranges. She broke the news that she was pregnant to Bob one night as they lay in bed. Steven Lee's name was chosen because Bob and Doris liked Steve and Lee was from Bob's middle name.
8: Willard (Billy) Joseph Sweet
9: Steven (Stevie) Lee Sweet
10: As a family Bob,Doris,Bill and Steve enjoyed going out to dinner to celebrate birthdays and going on family vacations. Doris remembers the time that Bob and the boys saw the ocean for the first time. They were on top of a hill where they could see what seemed like the whole ocean. They were in Florence, Oregon. Doris had lived by the ocean when she was little and begged and begged for a vacation to the ocean and it was one that they all loved and enjoyed. They also spent many hours riding motorcycles around the school buildings. | Bob, Doris and boys liked taking their camping trailer on vacations. They took it to Oregon and California to visit the redwoods. One of their most memorable experiences together as a family was going to the ocean to go salmon fishing and catching one.
11: Cars that Bob and Doris owned together * 1941 Ford *1946 Ford *1950 Studebaker 1956 Pontiac *1962 Plymouth with push button gear shift *1970 Dodge *1970 Dodge Pickup *1972 GMC Pickup *1973 Dodge Car | Both Bob and Doris chose their professions because that was were the work was. Bob was a heavy equipment operator for awhile and then moved on to drive a cement mixer. After he retired he was a greater at Wal-mart. Doris' professions included supervising janitorial crews, storage tech, working collections and moving up to supervisor, and then managed a storage facility.
12: 7061 Clermont St. Commerce City,Colorado | 240 Elm St. Wray, Colorado They lived here for four months | 1360 E. Bridge St. Brighton,Co | 613 Railroad St. Culbertson. Nebraska | 4844 Aspen St. Firestone,Co
13: Bob and Doris lived in many places during their life together. * Franklin, Nebraska from 1950-1956. * Wray, Colorado *7061 Clermont St. In Commerce City,Co. From 1956-1978 *Norman Condos at 1100 E. Dartmouth in Denver from 1991-1992. * 1360 E. Bridge St, Brighton, Co.in 1992 *In 2000 they decided to move back to Nebraska and lived in a small town called Culbertson. *4844 Aspen st. Firestone Co from 2006-present | 14th and M St. Franklin, Nebraska
14: Schools that Bill and Steve attended | Alsup Elementary School | Adams City Middle School
15: Adams City High School
16: Bill was 16 months old and they had taken a trip to Lincoln, Nebraska. While staying in the hotel Bill was caught by mom and dad in the bathroom washing his diaper in the toilet. | Most Memorable Moments as Parents | Steve was 10 months old. He decided that he could walk using the knobs on the cabinet doors. This is the same age that Steve's bottle was taken away.
17: Proudest Moments as Parents | Both Bob and Doris are proud of both boys for not doing drugs or drinking (or that they knew of) and that they both had good friends. One of their proudest moments was watching both boys on graduation day. | After graduation Bill went on to join the United States Air Force and Steve went to school for Mechanical Engineering.
18: And the family grows... | Bill met Judy Haberkorn at Adams City High School in 1968. Judy would stand outside of his typing class and wait for him to finish class. They were wed on December 2, 1974.
19: Steve met Sally Hightchew in April of 1977 while working at American Parts where they both worked. They were wed on June 24, 1978
20: And grandchildren soon followed... | Christine Michelle Sweet Born: February 28,1976 Married: Timothy Baxter Divorced: Timothy Baxter Lisa Jo Sweet Born: June 15, 1980 Married: Greg Francis Jeffery Chad Sweet Born: July 24, 1980 Married: Whitney Hiatt Stacey Marie Sweet Born: January 2, 1983 Married: Kevin Kwasnowski Shawna Lee Sweet Born:March 28, 1986
22: And Great Grandchildren Too... | Carly Mckenna Sweet Born: April 22, 2000 Ashlee Grace Sweet Born: March 12, 2002 Jayden Andrew Baxter Born: November 3, 2002 Ally Ryan Sweet Born: November 1, 2003 Megan Jane Sweet Born: August 23, 2005 Greyson Jeffery Baxter Born: September 30, 2007 Avery Jo Francis Born: Septembe14,2010 Zoey Marie Francis Born: September 14, 2010
24: Bob and Doris would give this advice to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren: To "treat others people the way you would like be treated." Be proud of yourselves, and your accomplishments. Work hard and take good care of your families. You will always come out a winner in the end. We are both very proud of the all of you.
25: Doris said that her mother and her grandparents had the most positive influence in her life because they were strict and set the rules. | Bob and Doris' greatest accomplishments are that they are proud of their family and that they got back together after their divorce of 13 years.
26: Maggie Sweet (mom) and Bobby Sweet July 27, 1928 | Frank Sweet (dad) and Bobby Sweet October 12, 1927 | Bobby Sweet July 1927 First trip to town | Bob Sweet May 1927 Asleep on the front porch | Bob Sweet June 1927 | Bob and his dog | Bert and Bob Sweet at 1 years old | Pictures of Bob Sweet's early life
27: Bob's Diploma | Bert Sweet Bob's Brother | Bert, Edna, Delilah, and Bob August 1956 Bob's Brother and two 1/2 sisters | Frank, Maggie, Bob and Billie Sweet August of 1955 | Harlon County Damn 1947-1951 Bob helped to build this damn
28: Pictures of Doris (Metz) Sweet's early life | Doris' 10th grade class Flippin Arkansas 1947 | 1947
29: Doris in her prom dress 1946 | Doris and her dad 1945 | Doris 1937 | Doris and Steve Sweet
30: THEIR STORY CONTINUES:
34: Bob and Doris lived their journey together by the words of this saying. The legacy of their life together continues on in lives of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren
35: Living Life Life is not a race- but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be Choosy. Say thank you, I love you and great job to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord giveth and The Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than the pen and paper. Love your life and what you have been given, It is not accidental- search for your purpose and do it as best as you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you aspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them. Some of the best things are really free. Don't worry, less wrinkles are more becoming. Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself, - plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you've been blessed to know. Live for today and enjoy the moment.