Michael Sweany (74), Brownsburg, IN, finished his walk of faith on this Earth on Tuesday, April 25, 2023. Michael was born on Wednesday, September 8, 1948, to Robert Maurice Sweany and Barbara Imogene Gray Sweany in Indianapolis, IN. He was the eldest of four children. He graduated from Martinsville High School in 1966 and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN in 1970.
Michael had the privilege of working with Rotz Engineers, Inc, Speedway, IN for 35 years as an electrical engineer. Many of his colleagues at Rotz were also lifelong friends. If you enjoyed the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree in the 1980’s, you were delighted by some of his handiwork – a project for which he was very proud and could rattle off many fun facts.
He was a member of Lakeview Church, Indianapolis, IN since 1998. He served on the Host Team as an usher and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of being greeted by Michael, then you’ve felt the warmth and genuineness of his caring, welcoming personality. He sought out deep, meaningful conversations about The Bible and his faith.
Music played a big role in Michael’s life. As a teen, he played trumpet in the Martinsville High School Bands, volunteered his talents to play Taps and The Star-Spangled Banner at Veteran funerals and events, and even was part of a small band with his best friends. As a father, he diligently recorded all of his kids’ recitals and concerts for future listening. As a husband, he loved every opportunity to listen to his wife sing with the church Worship Team, with the Hendricks Symphony Chorus, and privately at home. Many memories were made enjoying jazz concerts on the Canal and at the Zoo.
His hobbies were investing and writing. Countless hours were spent researching the stock market to manage his investments, as well as recording his own life experiences and those of who he loved. He would jokingly say, “Be careful what you do – you’ll be in my book.” He was working on books documenting his mom’s life and sharing his own story, and he helped a dear friend in editing her book.
Michael is survived by Laurie Sweany, wife; children Ryan (Marlo) Sweany and Renée (Chris Sublett) Sweany; stepson Robert Folta; sister Donna Sweany; granddaughter Madelyn Sweany and step-grandchildren Emily, Genevieve, RJ and Piper Folta. He was predeceased by his parents, brother John P. Sweany, and sister Barbara A. Morgan.
His best friend and eventual brother-in-law, Gary Morgan, shared stories of his childhood. Michael was a little league pitcher, played intramural basketball, and was quite good at ping pong. Summers were spent riding bikes, playing tennis, and fishing, hunting and camping with Gary. An especially memorable time in their friendship was a post-graduation adventure to Canada with a tent thrown in the back of the Corvair.
Michael Sweany never met a stranger and had an impact on everyone who had the joy of meeting him. He was a kind, inquisitive, funny, intelligent, gracious, faithful man that will be missed dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Michael’s memory be honored by donations to Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis (https://wheelermission.org/donate-to-wheeler/) or Lakeview Church (https://pushpay.com/g/lakeviewchurch). Please be sure to include “In memory of Michael Sweany” with your donation so the family may acknowledge your gift and be warmed by the ongoing impact of their husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend.