Melvin D. "Boots" Sweerin

Aug 21, 2020
Sweerin, Melvin crop


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10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Faith Assembly of God Church in Elk Run Heights     


4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Kearns Funeral Service, Kimball Chapel     


Garden of Memories Cemetery     


May be directed to Faith Assembly of God Church in Elk Run Heights     


Melvin D. “Boots” Sweerin, Sr., 89, of Waterloo, died Friday, August 21, 2020 at the MercyOne Waterloo of natural causes. 

He was born February 23, 1931 in Gladbrook, the son of Edward Sweerin and Edna (Stricker) Widner.

He served as an MP in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 
Boots married Vivian Wilson on July 3, 1954 in Leon; she preceded him in death on August 3, 2008.

He worked as a self-employed masonry contractor. He later worked for Sell’s Construction until retiring in 2008. During retirement, he helped his sons at Sweerin Brothers Masonry. 

Boots was a member of Faith Assembly of God in Elk Run Heights where he served on the board for many years. He was also a member of the AmVets and American Legion. He raced cars in his younger years and always enjoyed watching the races. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. In his free time, he would often go fishing and camping and play softball. 
Survived by two sons, Mel (Melissa) Sweerin, Jr. and Al (Connie) Sweerin both of Waterloo; five grandchildren, Jared (Rachel), Nathan (Melanie), Nick (Peyton Perkins), Andy (Cathleen) and Dan (Melissa) Sweerin; ten great-grandchildren, Judah, Haven, Ellery, Natalie, Clayton, Lily, Hannah, Phineas, Henry, and Oliver; two brothers, Edward (Barbara) Sweerin and Jim (Brenda) Widner; four sisters, Marlys “Tootie” Murray, Marty (Larry) Bockholt, Rolene Whitesell and Marlene Smith; and brother-in-law, Larry O’Brien. 
Preceded in death by his mother and step-father, Edna and Ben Widner; father, Edward Sweerin; great-grandson, Elijah Sweerin; and sister, Darlene O’Brien. 

Pops appreciated the companionship and helpfulness of his special friends, Thomas “Moose” Wiley and Bob Ebaugh.

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  1. Bill Henninger | Aug 29, 2020

    I met Boots and his brother Ed when I was a kid in the 1960's. I liked him immediately and have called him friend ever since. I got to know his sons many years later through their family business. I have considered them friends ever since. I have been fortunate enough to do business with them several times over the years and always get a big  smile when we pass each other on the road.

    Boots and Vivian were the shining example of Christian love and brought smiles and joy to everyone they encountered.

    It is great when you know that when a friend passes, heaven has just received another choir member. Now Boots and Vivian are singing together again. I rest easy knowing I will hear them again singing with the Sweerin family. 

    God Bless Boots' family and friends,

    He is well, Praise God.


  2. Jeanne Boland | Aug 28, 2020
    My Prayers to the Sweerin Family!; Boots was a Wonderful man!
  3. Meredith | Aug 25, 2020
    Boots and Vivian were the epitome of Christian love. I adored them both and will cherish their memories forever. 
  4. Leonard Truax | Aug 25, 2020
    The family name Sweerin and family name Truax is well known and respected in the masonry field both were known for their workmanship and they worked together at times . They not only were fellow craftmen but good friends .I have had the prevelage to know and work with two generations of Sweerins 
  5. Linda Grandon | Aug 24, 2020

    What a beautiful life he led and the blessings that flow down to his children and his childrens' children because of his faithfulness to God and family.

    Love you Uncle Boots


  6. Sandi Ebaugh | Aug 24, 2020

    I remember the day we met "Pops".  Bob was in his garage working on his race car and in pulls this little red sports car, a man gets out and says"Hi, I'm Boots and you race with my son, Al"  A little while later Bob and him are talking and Bob asks what do I call you?  Boots says why don't you call me "Pops".  That is how it all started. Bob and Pops saw each other almost everyday, and never ran out of things to talk about. They had such a great relationship almost like a father and son.  Pops was a funny, sincere, loving, religious and honest man.  We is and will always be missed.  Thankfully we were able to meet and have a relationship with this great man. Melvin D. Sweerin Sr. "Boots" "Pops"


  7. Lana | Aug 24, 2020
    Dear family of Boots,  He was a wonderful man who always had a kind word and smile for me each time i saw him for holiday dinners in Jesep. He treated me like family even tho I’m the Mom of Natalie Moore, an in-law. We will miss ypu dear Boots on this Earth. Fly high with the angels dear friend. 
    Lana Kaldenberg
  8. JEFF. STEEN | Aug 24, 2020
    we got to know boots we live behind him about 15-20 years I would go over and sit on the back of the trunk and visit with him I would go to the stock car races with him on a Saturday or Sunday we had some good times always kidded around he was so happy go lucky I don't think I ever seen him in a bad mood he was pretty jumpy one day me and my wife put a mannequin in his little red sports car on the passenger seat he thought that was pretty funny she said that was the quietest passenger he ever had and I got to know that he didn't like snakes so of course I had to get this big huge rubber snake come over and put it on his neck he always said I kept his heart pumping you will be really missed by me and many others I always thought of you as a second dad when I lost mine I felt it was a privilege and an honor call you Dad love and miss you my friend
  9. Sandy Dees | Aug 24, 2020
    There are just some Christians that mark your life for eternity~~Boots forever taught me firsthand how to shine with the love of God.  I will always cherish his memory and the personal touch of God he brought to my life.  My prayers are with you all.  I thank God for you all!!

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