Robert Darnell Sweet Saturday, January 5, 1957 - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Robert Darnell Sweet died Wednesday, June 14, 2017. He was born on January 5, 1957 in Monroe (Ouachita Parish), Louisiana the son of Betty Sweet. His mother died when he was at a young age and was raised by his Aunt Ann Sweet. He attended East Avondale Elementary School before relocating to Palo Alto, California. There he graduated from Woodside High School in Palo, California. Robert returned to Topeka and continued his education at Washburn University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Work. He later completed a Master’s of Social Work Degree from University of Kansas. Robert worked at Stormont Vail Health Care for 10 years in the Central Supply Department. After graduating college, he worked for another 10 years for the State of Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services as a licensed social worker until he retired in 2004. Robert enjoyed track and field and as a young man participated in the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. He enjoyed riding his Harley, watching football (Raiders), basketball, and track. He was also known for his quotes about life: “There were none before me, there will be none after me, I am the one and the only or Burn rubber, not your soul.” He was baptized at early age at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Palo Alto, California. Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Sweet; grandparents, Eddie and Janie Sweet and uncle, Charles Williams. Robert is survived by his companion, Debra Youngs; children, Robert Sweet II, Nicole Nunnelly-Sweet, Keisha Sweet, Remy Sweet and Tyler Runnells; grandchildren, Jade Sweet, Gabriel Sweet and Mya Runnells; aunt, Ann Sweet; uncles, Minister Lee (Ruth) Sweet and John Sweet and James Sweet and a host of other relatives and friends. At Robert’s request no services will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Diabetics Association, 2900 SW Wanamaker, Suite 204, Topeka, Kansas, 66614.