Jack Harlan Sweet

Jack Harlan Sweet

Jack Harlan Sweet, 88, of Ontario passed away late Wednesday evening, June 23, 2021, at Avita Health System-Ontario Hospital.

He was born December 11, 1932, in Mount Vernon, Ohio, to the late Kenneth Harley and Phyllis Hope (Workman) Sweet. Jack attended Mount Vernon schools and graduated with the Class of 1950. He was employed at the Telephone Service Company of Ohio in Mount Vernon from 1950-1952. Jack entered the U.S. Navy on January 7, 1952, and that is where he found his true calling. He served on various ships and at several stations for 23 years and 8 months, retiring on September 1, 1975, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He attended a multitude of training facilities including: Class A and B Interior Communications Electrician schools, Instructors Training School, Leadership School, US Navy Nuclear Power Training School-where he was qualified as a Reactor Technician and Engineer Officer of the Watch at the DIG Prototype, US Naval Academy Small Craft Facility, Shipyard Nuclear Representative, Aircraft Carrier Electrical Officer, Squadron Engineer for 26 ships, Destroyer Tender Repair Officer, Major Supply Ship Engineer Officer, US Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet shipboard Engineering Inspection and Training Officer and qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch on an aircraft carrier propulsion plant. During his dedicated and illustrious Naval career, Jack was awarded 4 Navy Commendation Medals, 1 Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V, the Presidential Unit Citation, and campaign ribbons for both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

After his retirement from the Navy, he began working at the Bechtel Corporation as a Project Startup Engineer in the Los Angeles Division in January 1977. During his tenure with Bechtel, Jack was involved in the field startup of several nuclear, fossil and geothermal power plants. In addition to power plants, he had experience in implementing facilities including bagged grain handling, gold recovery and harmful gas abatement from a copper refinery. His field assignments included: staff support for field engineers, recruiting, proposals, training, and developing maintenance programs. He retired on December 11, 1992, his 60th birthday, as a Startup Engineering Specialist.

Jack married Julia K. Vickroy Cunningham on September 26, 1994, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they relocated to the Mansfield area in May 1995. He enjoyed a long and happy life.

In addition to his wife, Julia, of 26 years, he is survived by a son, Jack H. Sweet, Jr.; two siblings, Phyllis Kay and Richard Glenn Sweet, both of Mount Vernon. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Bonnie Jean Stepp Sweet; and a brother, James A. Sweet.

A graveside service will be held in Mansfield Memorial Park at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021, with military honors presented by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. The Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is honored to serve the family.

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