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Raleigh “Jack” Sweet

Wilcox, Elk County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 31 Oct 2012 (aged 84)
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 100002882 · View Source
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Raleigh "Jack" Sweet, of Meridian, was called home by his savior, Jesus Christ, on Oct. 31st, 2012.

Jack was born October 10, 1928 in Wilcox, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of two sons born to Raleigh and Grace Sweet. Jack met the love of his life, Ida Serafini while in high school in 1946.

Jack left to serve in the U.S. Army for two years. Jack and Ida were married on his return on October 30th in 1949. They have four sons and have been together for the last 63 years.

Out of his love and passion for hunting, Jack started carving and manufacturing duck decoys and opened Decoys Unlimited in 1953 in Erie, Pa. In 1962 and 1963, Jack won the National Decoy Carvers Contest. In 1963, Jack took a historic, six First Place Awards and the Best of Show. His decoys were so exquisitely made that the U.S. Government selected some of his decoys for exhibition at an international trade fair in Russia. After taking a long look, the Russians had to admit "this is one thing that they could not do better".

In 1966, Jack transitioned from manufacturing decoys to opening up a small hunting store where he specialized in gunsmithing.

In 1976, Jack and Ida relocated to Meridian, Idaho where they opened up a sporting goods store, Intermountain Arms, that later became Intermountain Outdoor Sports. For 26 years, this was a family run business with the help of his wife and three of his sons.

Jack was his wife's best friend and soul mate. He will always be remembered as a very loving husband, father and grandfather. Jack was very dedicated in spending time with his kids in the outdoors, sharing his love and passion for hunting and fishing. He also supported all his children and grand children, in all of their sporting events. Jack also loved reading and gardening in his greenhouse.

Jack was one of the founders or Northwest PA Duck Hunters Association and the Meridian Chapter of Duck's Unlimited. Jack was past President of Meridian Kiwanis and Meridian American Legion.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Sweet.

Jack is survived by his wife and best friend, Ida; their four sons, Bill, and his wife, Maxine Sweet, from Erie Pennsylvania, Ed and his wife, Lorrie Sweet, Dan and his wife, Celeste Sweet, Gerry and his wife, Christine Sweet, all from Meridian, Idaho; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to Align Hospice for all their care and support during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that all memorials be made to the St. Luke's Children's Hospital at:, The St. Luke's Foundation, 190 E. Bannock St., Boise, Idaho 83712 208-381-2123.

Memorial services will be held at Ten Mile Christian Church located at 3500 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, Idaho on Saturday, November 3rd, at 1:00 p.m.

Published in Idaho Statesman on November 1, 2012


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  • Added: 1 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100002882
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Raleigh “Jack” Sweet (10 Oct 1928–31 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100002882, ; Maintained by Barb (contributor 46936813) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.