Robert Eugene Sweem, 70, rural Bayard

Robert Eugene (Bobby/Bob) Sweem, 70, of rural Bayard, passed suddenly from this earth into his heavenly home on March 6, 2013 at Regional West Medical Center. A casual celebration of Bob's life will be held at 10:00am on Monday, March 11, 2013 at the Bayard Church of Christ with Pastors Lee Eads and Rick Parker officiating. Interment will be at Angora Cemetery. A fellowship lunch will be held at the Angora Community Center following committal. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at the church.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of any flowers, memorials in Bob's honor be made in care of Camp Rock, 8092 RD 81, Bridgeport, NE 69336; or Red Willow Sunday School, 11466 RD 85, Bayard, NE 69334. Online condolences may be left at Jolliffe Funeral Home in Scottsbluff is in charge of arrangements.

Bob was born on June 8, 1942 to Robert Bowen and Elva (Fiscus) Sweem on the place his dad and grandpa Sweem had homesteaded. He was still living on the same place farming and ranching at the time of his death.

Bob will be remembered by all who knew him by his easy-going, soft-spoken manner, and "dry" sense of humor. His compassion, humility and integrity were some of his most notable attributes. He worked for Great Western Sugar Company for many years, starting in the fall of 1960. He also worked as a ditch rider for Northport Irrigation for several years. Working away from home was a necessity, but he was most content to be home tinkering with his tractors and other machinery, farming, and raising cattle. He raised purebred Shorthorn cattle for many years, just as his parents had.

Many people will remember him as a great musician who played the fiddle at nursing homes and other community events throughout the valley. For years his mother "chorded" for him and they won several first place awards at the Crawford fiddling contests. Most recently people will remember him playing with Lew Russell on the guitar and Lila Brandt on the piano.

Bob was a faithful member of the Red Willow Sunday School and their delegate to Camp Rock for years. He was always willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed.

Left to mourn his passing are cousins Joyce (Lew) Russell, Jeannie (Gary) Tyree and their families, neighbors and friends, as well as many other cousins and a host of music lovers who will all miss him greatly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts Dema Garvin and Bessie McRae, and cousin Mary Belle Beck (3-18-12).

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