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Kevin Robert Sweeney

Kevin Robert Sweeney, 70, of Hulett, Wyoming, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of November 24, 2022, at his home in Aberdeen, North Carolina. Kevin was born in Arnaudville, Louisiana on July 29, 1952, to Robert Clinton Sweeney and Lenola LaPorte Sweeney.

Growing up the eldest of seven, Kevin and his family moved from Louisiana to Chile on missionary work and later returned to Massapequa, New York where he graduated high school.

Anyone who knew Kevin would readily agree that he could not be still for long; therefore, when he decided to try his hand at carpentry, it perfectly allowed him to travel to the unsuspecting town of Casper, Wyoming, where he met the love of his life, Bonnie Kay Roberts.

After surviving thorough vetting by Bonnie's family, Kevin and Bonnie were married on December 22, 1979, in Hulett. They later welcomed two daughters, Holly and Brooke, who became his pride and joy.

Kevin was a passionate man who gave 100% to all his endeavors. He spent time as a cowboy, construction worker, inventor, business owner, Shriner, small school lobbyist, school board member, pilot, furnace healer and so much more.

Kevin could captivate an audience with his incredible stories, from how he met Bonnie, to how he taught his grandsons, to appropriately water petrified wood. Kevin's ability to connect with people allowed him to create lifelong friendships and never meet a stranger.

Kevin would tell you that his greatest accomplishment in life was his family. He loved spending time together, whether it was flying with Bonnie to see the grandkids, showing the girls how to saddle their horses, teaching his grandsons to drive the Jeep or going to check out trains with his brother-in-law, Ron.

Kevin also took great pride in the time spent with his nieces and nephews, imparting wisdom and cracking jokes. He would fondly recall bonding moments with his sister and brothers while at a music festival in Colorado or fishing in the mountains of North Carolina.

Kevin looked forward to stopping at his in-laws in the morning to get some of Betty's world-famous biscuits and gravy and talk shop with Donnie. He thoroughly enjoyed the hours spent roping with his brother-in-law, Jim, and devouring the fresh made donuts baked by Dianne.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Bonnie Sweeney; daughters, Holly Weiss (Ariel McGuirk) and Brooke (Jason) Proskovec; grandsons, Jason and Gavin Weiss; sister, Mary Clare Sweeney; brothers, Colin (Rachel) Sweeney, Michael (Joanne) Sweeney, Tim (Patricia) Sweeney and Dennis (Ruthie) Sweeney; mother-in-law, Betty Roberts; brothers-in-law, Ronald Roberts and Jim (Dianne) Roberts; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lenola Sweeney; brother, Patrick Sweeney; and father-in-law, Donald Roberts.

A celebration of life will be held at the Greater Hulett Community Center on Saturday, June 17, 2022, at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come share stories as we remember the immense impact that Kevin had in our community. Sandwiches have been graciously provided by Buttons & Bows.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shriners Children's Hospital or Special Olympics.