Randy Sweeney

Randy J. Sweeney, 67, of Waukon died Friday, March 9, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon, with Fr. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Burial with military rites was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon.

Randall Joseph Sweeney was born October 4, 1950 in Waukon, the son of Donald and C. Lorraine (Moos) Sweeney. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. Randy attended St Patrick Catholic School and graduated in 1968. He was also known as “Beatles” to most who knew him because he bought and proudly wore the Beatle Boots back in the day. After graduating high school, Randy enlisted in the Navy and served for two years.

October 28, 1972, he married Diane Doubek at St Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon. Throughout the years, Randy worked a variety of jobs and most were in the petroleum business. From 1976 to 1988, he was employed by Home Oil Company and managed the Skelly gas station in Waukon. In 1988, Randy began to work for McMillan Oil and October 1, 1993, he purchased the petroleum business from Mike McMillan and it became his own, Sweeney Oil Company. Randy owned and operated his business for over 23 years until he became ill and sold his business, retiring in April 2017. Randy loved his work and his many customers.

Randy joined the Waukon Fire Department in 1973 and was honored for 25 years of service to the department in 1998. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Waukon Golf & Country Club. He enjoyed drives in the country and knew all the roads and people of Allamakee County. He also enjoyed sports, especially golfing with his foursome groups and socializing with his many friends.

Each St Patrick’s Day, Randy would either carry the Irish flag or drive his Sweeney Oil Truck in the parade in Waukon and looked forward to this celebration each year. He loved spending time with his family and particularly loved to give his grandchildren rides on the golf cart.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Sweeney of Waukon; his daughters: Melissa (Mike) Bechtel of Waverly, Trisha (Chad) Wilkins of Waukon and Ashley (Adam) Baker of Decorah; eight grandchildren: Alexandra, Abigail and Madeline Bechtel, Elle and Jana Wilkins, and Landon, William and Abel Baker; three siblings: Diane (Lynn) Dundee of Houston, TX, Denny (Nancy) Sweeney of Waukon and Dan (Renee) Sweeney of Southlake TX; his sisters-in-law: Darlene Doubek of La Crosse, WI and Donna (Mick) Eberhart of Waukon; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his uncle, Bill Sweeney of Dubuque.

Randy is preceded in death by his parents, Don and Lorraine Sweeney; and his in-laws, Ray and Mildred Doubek.

Honorary pallbearers were Alexandra, Abigail and Madeline Bechtel, Elle and Jana Wilkins, Landon, William and Abel Baker, Mike Bechtel, Chad Wilkins, Adam Baker and the Waukon Fire Department. Pallbearers were Randy Murphy, Mark Waldron, Paul Mathis, Glen Mathis, Jerry Sommer, Gordy Kaeser, Mick Eberhart and Lynn Dundee.

Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.
 

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