MITCHELL – Rev. William F. Sweigart, 77, Mitchell, better known to his friends and church family as Pastor Bill, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, December 21, 2006, at his residence.
Born September 16, 1929, in Henry County, he was the son of William F. and Elizabeth (Hickman) Sweigart. He married Donna B. Dalton August 16, 1992.
Prior to his ministry, he had owned and operated Redwood Restaurant in New Castle and had also worked for Jim Logston as an automobile supply salesman in southern Indiana.
During his 29 years in the ministry, he served Methodist churches in Milford, Whitewater-Middleboro, Glen-New Salem, Mitchell, Trinity United Methodist Church in Oakland City, and retired in 2000. He then served the Mitchell Presbyterian Church as interim minister. In June of 2001 he began his ministry at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church in French Lick and served there until April of 2006. He was a member of the Southern Indiana United Methodist Church Conference.
Rev. Sweigart was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and served in Germany.
Donna B. Sweigart, Mitchell
Fredrick Eugene Sweigart and his wife, Peggy Rose, Anderson
Anthony Wayne Sweigart and his wife, Deborah, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Pastor Ron Sweigart and his wife, Barbara, Hagerstown
Freida Turner, New Castle
Jody Burk, New Castle
Holly Bogausch and her husband, Fritz, Florida
Christa Sweigart and her fiance, Brian Bazala, Florida
Casey Sweigart, Florida
Aaron Sweigart and his wife, Sarah, Michigan
Kristen, Collin, and Caitlyn Slack
Jade Madison Bogausch
His parents; first wife, Joan (Kalis) Sweigart; brothers, Christian, Fred, Dale, and John Sweigart; and sisters, Maxine, Grace, Agnes, and Patsy, preceded him in death.
Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 24, in the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church, Mitchell, with the Reverend Doctor Kenneth R. Burcham and Reverend Robert L. Ostermeier officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday at Chastain Funeral Home and from 1:30 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the church.
Memorial Gifts: Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church Building Fund in care of the funeral home.