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Alvin E. Sweet

Alvin passed away, Wednesday, November 1, 2023 at the Wings Home in Allegan.

He was born October 14, 1943 in Wyandotte, MI, the son of Clarence and Alice (Prolo) Sweet.  Alvin proudly served his country in the U.S. Army 1963-1966 where he was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Alvin also served in the Army National Guard, Holland post and after ten years of service he retired with a Sergeant First Class rank.

For 35 years he was a custodian for the Otsego Public Schools until his retirement in 2005.  Alvin loved riding his bike around town and his goal was to bike 1000 miles every summer.  He also enjoyed photography, woodworking and collecting coins.  Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.  On September 30, 1966 in Otsego, he married Nada Nilsen who passed away in 2016.

Surviving are his children, LaRayne Sweet, Genni (Tom) Plyley, Beth (Bob) Randall and John Alvin Dennis Sweet; grandchildren, Patricia (Brandon) McNees, Ryan Goodacre, Tamara Goodacre, Adam Sweet, Devon Plyley, Jenna Collins, Amanda Lawrence, Jordan Kellerman, Dana Plyley, Alexis Schmitt, Xander Sweet and Zane Sweet; 23 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Wanita (Richard) Johnson and Norman Sweet and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter-in-law, Danelle Sweet; son-in-law, Harry W. Try and brothers, Edwin Sweet and Charles Sweet.

Friends may visit with Alvin’s family from 2:00-5:00 PM, Sunday, November 5, 2023 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 AM, Monday, November 6, 2023 with Pastor Maggie Stoken officiating.

Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Alvin may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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Bonnie Goodacre

November 2, 2023 at 12:46 pm

So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I didn’t know him well, but we’re sort of related “by marriage “ for awhile. He was always a very nice person. LaRayne,John, Jenny, and Beth please accept my condolences and to all the grandchildren and grt grandchildren and the 2 grt grt grandchildren who will never get to know their grt granddaddy. He will be missed by many, but take comfort knowing he’s in a much better place now and at peace.


Sherry Hanson

November 2, 2023 at 12:48 pm

We lived across the street from Alvin back in the 80’s- he was a very sweet guy ! Our sincere condolences to all the family.


Jacquie (King) Fillmore

November 2, 2023 at 1:53 pm

All though it has been many years since seeing Al, I remember the fun we used to have back in the day! To Al’s family my deepest condolences. Love that Smile!


Roseann Harding

November 2, 2023 at 2:01 pm

So sorry for your loss . Your in my thoughts and prayers.


Sue Browne

November 2, 2023 at 4:01 pm

My heart breaks at this news. I graduated with Al in 1962. He was the very best daddy and he was so very good to Nada. Please except my most sincere condolences Al’s family


Kathy Reed

November 2, 2023 at 4:21 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. I was his across the street neighbor for 30 years. We talked all the time about our dogs, Magnum and Toby. When Toby got loose AL would throw a rope around his neck and walk him home. After Magnum passed away Toby would go over to Al’s and jump on the door and AL would let him in for a visit

I can’t believe AL has left us

I will come to the visitation on Sunday.


Bradley Joseph & Family

November 2, 2023 at 4:36 pm

From our entire family, our sincerest condolences. You are in our thoughts.


John and Cindy Fogg

November 2, 2023 at 5:05 pm

We were neighbors with Al and Nada for years. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Keeping your family in our prayers


Diana L Clason

November 2, 2023 at 5:39 pm

So sorry for your loss. If I can do anything to help please let me know. Again I’m sorry for your loss.


Rose Sharrard

November 2, 2023 at 6:05 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss My prayers are with you LaRayne and your family


Laura Winsborrow

November 2, 2023 at 6:34 pm

My prayers to the family. Alvin was the sweetest man and always willing to help if you needed it. He will be missed dearly and I will hold the memories I have of him close to my heart.


Rich and Dawn

November 2, 2023 at 7:54 pm

LaRayne and Genni sorry for you and your families loss. You and your families are in our prayers. He was a wonderful man with a great humor!!! Hugs and prayers coming your way❤️


Scott Stone

November 2, 2023 at 8:47 pm

I remember working with Al setting up and taking down folding chairs, risers, and other props in the Dix Street gym many, many times for mom’s musicals through the years. He was always so nice and funny. Great guy. Our condolences to his family and many friends.


Scott, Dana, Daphne, and Fiona Stone


Brian Tice

November 3, 2023 at 1:02 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Al at the schools; I remember him as always friendly and helpful. May his memory be a blessing.


Mary Plyley

November 3, 2023 at 1:09 pm

So sorry about the lost of you love one. Remember the wonderful memories you have of him and the funny things he did to make you laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Ruby Rogers

November 3, 2023 at 1:44 pm

Dearest sweet family, may the Lord give you comfort at this time. I remember Mr. Sweet as a janitor in the schools always smiling and friendly.


David Alderman

November 4, 2023 at 6:04 pm

Kathy and I and the people of Encounter Church extend our deepest sympathy to LaRayne, her children and the whole Sweet Family.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting Mr. Sweet on several occasions and have heard LaRayne speak about him- he was, and is, and will always remain a hero to her and her family.

I thank God for men like him; anchors of hope to all who knew them.

Pastor Dave Alderman


Ronald pilars

November 5, 2023 at 2:30 pm

So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.


Sabine Van Coppenolle

November 6, 2023 at 3:01 am

Dear Genni and family,

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dearest father.

May the beautiful moments give you strength is this difficult period.


Charles Morehouse

November 7, 2023 at 8:58 am

Alvin was my best friend as kids. I think of him often, so sorry for your loss


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