The Woodward News


July 23, 2013

Billy Robert Sweet

Woodward, Okla. —

Billy Robert Sweet, 77 year old Vici, OK, resident, passed from this life on July 18, 2013, in Woodward, OK. Bill was born on November 26, 1935, at Shattuck, OK; to Otto Lee and Thelma (Elliott) Sweet. After the death of his mother at the age of 3 months, Billy was reared by his grandparents, Walt and Audrey Elliott.

Bill grew up in the Harmon and Vici communities attending a country school near Harmon and Vici Public Schools. After marriage Bill lived in Harmon, OK; Vici, OK; Woodward, OK; Wichita, KS; and Auburn, NE; before returning to Vici in 1982.

On November 1, 1953, Bill was united in marriage to Leota Sue Turner. Two little daughters, Joanna Sue and Lana Brooke, and one son, Harry Lynn, were born to this union. In 1962 Bill was blessed with a daughter, Guylia Jene and another, Lisa Adele in 1965. On February 14, 1983, he married Helen Findlay in Vici, OK. The couple made their home in Vici and lived happily together for 30 years. He rededicated his life to the Lord in 1987, finding peace and happiness. Bill had been baptized at the local Baptist Church as a child. He was a faithful member of the Vici Church of the Nazarene and had served on the church board. He also enjoyed being a greeter on Sunday’s.

Bill was a heavy equipment operator, rancher, farmer and worked many years at Dewey County District III. He had many interests, with most of his enjoyment coming from attending Church, fishing, gardening and hunting. Bill loved fishing with his little buddy and grandson Dominque. One of his more proud fishing adventures was landing his 68lb catfish he caught at Great Salt Plains Lake. The fish fell just short of the state record by 4lbs.

Those preceding Bill in death include parents Otto and Thelma Sweet, grandparents Walt and Audrey Elliott, brother Lawrence Sweet, infant daughter Guylia Sweet, daughter Joanna Martin and one granddaughter Alisha Moser. He is survived by wife Helen Sweet of the home in Vici, OK; son Harry Sweet of Woodward, OK; daughters Lana Williams of Woodward, OK and Lisa Branson and husband Ryan of Vici, OK; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews; other relatives; a special dog, “Brownie” and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday July 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, Vici, OK with interment following in Harmon Cemetery, Harmon, OK. Condolences may be made to the family and Memorial Tribute viewed at

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