Kenneth “Ken” Robert Sweeney

Kenneth “Ken” Robert Sweeney, 93, Cornell, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

Ken was born Dec. 15, 1923, the son of Robert and Hilda (Christopherson) Sweeney.

He grew up and attended school in Chippewa Falls.

Kenneth was married to Monica Marie Halvorson April 6, 1942, and they started their family in Cornell. The couple recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

Ken worked as an automobile mechanic helper for Wiegand Sales in Chippewa Falls, until his date of active service with the United States Army April 7, 1943. He served overseas during World War II under the 98th General Hospital and 314th Infantry as a medical technician. He was honorably discharged from military service Dec. 21, 1945.

Following his discharge, Ken was employed at the paper mill in Cornell for 43 years, retiring as tour boss.

Ken enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, gardening, golfing and his retirement years wintering in Texas. But, he was asked most recently, “Would you ever want to go back to work?” His reply was, “You better believe it.”

That strong work ethic he passed down to his family, along with many other life lessons that will be passed on for generations.

Kenneth was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife – Monica Sweeney; children – Kenneth Wayne (Mary) Sweeney, Jack Arthur (Dolores) Sweeney, Ty David (Michele) Sweeney, Melodie Marie (Ron) Greenquist and Trish Marie (Kevin) Foltz-Sweeney; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister – Marjorie St. Aubin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter; and a sister – Dolores Larson.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Cornell, with Father Eric Linzmaier officiating. Interment was in the Cornell Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Cornell American Legion.

Visitation was from 4-7 p.m., with a 6:45 p.m. Vigil Prayer Service, Monday, April 17, at Borton-Leiser Funeral Home in Cornell, and also one hour prior to the funeral Mass Tuesday morning, at the church. To express online condolences or send flowers, visit

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