The Daily Star
---- — LeGrand William Sweet
WEST EDMESTON — LeGrand William Sweet, 94, of West Edmeston, died peacefully March 8, 2014, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford.
He was born Sept. 16, 1919, in West Edmeston, the son of Merton A. and Grace (Linger) Sweet.
He married Eleanor G. Gaynor on July 8, 1946.
LeGrand was inducted into the U.S. Army in August 1941. As sergeant he served in the European Theater in Luxenberg, Germany, receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He was a proud member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart; 100th Infantry Division; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Whitestown; Disabled American Veterans; American Legion Post No. 1492, Leonardsville; and the National Memorial World War II as a Charter member.
For most of LeGrand’s working years he was employed at the Sheffield Farms Sealtest of West Edmeston. Later he was employed as Branch Manager for Queen Farms of Bridgewater from which he retired.
He was an avid hunter, well-known for his good mink as a trapper, and was often found fishing on the Unadilla River. LeGrand played on numerous local town baseball teams and was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees.
He is survived by his children, Ida Mae and Anthony Tophoven, William LeGrand and Sylvia Sweet; his grandchildren, John LeGrand Tophoven, Marjorie Mae and Aaron Norman, Nichole Ann Marie and Shannon Carney, Mark William Sweet and his special friend, Ashley Simmons; one great-grandchild, Nora Carney; his stepgrandchild, Carrie Smith; his stepgreat-grandchildren, Stephen, Destiny and Nathan; his niece Janet and Ray Washburn; Sharon Schrag; and special friend, Alice Matthews.
LeGrand was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor, in 1993; and his sister, LeOra Schrag; and his nephew, Gordon LeGrand Schrag.
Graveside committal services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in the West Edmeston Cemetery.
Contributions may be made in LeGrand’s memory to either the West Edmeston Fire Department or the First Baptist Church of West Edmeston.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston.