Richard LaVern Sweeney, 83, of Richmond died Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond.

Richard was born on November 2, 1935, in Eagleville, the son of Ernest Rex and Margaret (Winger) Sweeney. He was first married to Donna DeVal of Kansas City; she preceded him in death. He was then married to Sharon Kay Green of Kansas City on April 24, 2002; she survives of the home.


Additional survivors include: one brother, Ernest Dean (Judy) Sweeney of Independence, KY; five step-children: Larry (Lori) Miller of Kansas City, Peggy (Ron) Hawkins of Pleasant Hill, Rockford (Kathy) Douthit of Kansas City, Ernest Douthit of Orrick, and Paula Douthit of Orrick; four grandchildren: Jennifer (Andrew) Hawkins, Lauren Hawkins, Elizabeth Hawkins, and Nicole; two great-grandchildren: Penelope and Gracie; and two goddaughters: Emma and Grace Wilkerson of Kansas City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, two brothers Howard and Charles Sweeney, and two sisters Leona Houlihan and Margaret Thompson.

Richard was born in Eagleville and as a child, his family moved to Woonsocket, SD, where he graduated high school. After high school, he served his country for four years as an aviation mechanic in the United States Navy. After serving his country in the Navy, he returned to the Kansas City area and worked for Westfall GMC for 28 years as a mechanic. Richard is of the Catholic faith and a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Richmond. Richard enjoyed hunting and fishing.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to either the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Richmond or to the University of Kansas Cancer Center. They can be left at or mailed to Thurman Funeral Home, 507 East Main Street – P.O. Box 190, Richmond, MO 64085.

Visitation with memorial services will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Richmond, with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M., with services to follow at 11:00 A.M. Military honors provided by United States Navy and Ray County Veterans to follow services at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Lowery City Cemetery. Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond is in charge of the arrangements. Please share your memories of Richard by visiting www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.