Guy Leonard Sweet

Guy Sweet passed away on June 11, 2022 at the age of 64 due to natural causes. He was born on November 16, 1957 in Lansing, MI, to William “Bill” and Anna (Mansfield) Sweet. He was raised in Holt, MI and graduated from Holt High School. He earned a B.A. at Albion College and a J.D. at Washington and Lee University Law School. He worked for the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office for over 30 years before retiring. He also helped with appeals and did court mediation in his free time.

He married the love of his life, Susan, in 1992. They were married for 27 years and had two children. He loved canoeing the Pine River with his lawyer buddies, watching MSU sports, going up to Green Lake in Interlochen, MI, reading books, cooking/baking, and he loved spending time with his family, specifically his new granddaughter. Guy was also very active in the Holt Community and at Holt United Methodist Church.

Guy was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Sweet, and both his parents. Surviving him are his brother Roy Sweet of Holt, his son Justin Sweet of Holt, his daughter Jessica Myers (Daniel) of Newark, DE, and his granddaughter Meredith Myers.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Holt United Methodist Church, 2321 N. Aurelius Rd., Holt, MI 48842. Guy’s family will be welcoming guests Friday, June 17th from 6-8 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel, and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church. Family encourages donations to Holt United Methodist Church.

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Rick Garthe
June 13, 2022 at 5:12 pm

So sad to hear of Guy’s passing. He was a special person. Something that many people probably did not know is that Guy had a GREAT 10′ shot from the left side of the basket. Soft pass to his chest, go back and play defense. Easy 2 points.

Caitlin Campbell
June 14, 2022 at 9:12 pm

Rick, I had not heard of this. I hope you are doing well.

June 14, 2022 at 11:21 am




Musette Michael
June 14, 2022 at 12:12 pm

It’s hard to believe Guy has passed. I will miss his words of wisdom, humor, and giving nature. Our group and others he touched will never forget him. Love you to the moon and back.

Don Walter
June 14, 2022 at 2:08 pm

Guy was the consummate attorney. Always well prepared and informed. But, equally important, a great friend and confidant to me and many others. He left us far too soon. He will be missed. Rest, my brother.

Jeff Colchin
June 14, 2022 at 4:52 pm

You will be dearly missed Guy !

Maynard Hamilton
June 14, 2022 at 5:27 pm


We are deeply shocked at your passing. Even though we never adapted SLUGS (Slowly Learning to Understand God’s Son) as our name, we greatly appreciated the leadership you gave us. We will try to live up to the example you set for us and continue to be a blessing to all, as you were. God speed friend until we meet again.

Maynard and the rest of the Wednesday Morning Mens Group.

Ron P and Diana W.
June 15, 2022 at 8:14 am

Sorry to hear of your brother’s untimely passing. I know the two of you were very close. In time the sorrow will fade, and the great memories will live on.
God Bless the Sweet family.

Jeff Patzer
June 15, 2022 at 10:50 am

Guy was smart, funny, informed, insightful and a tireless worker. My life was better for having him in it and is immeasurably diminished by this loss. We shared 34 years of canoeing, hiking, and biking in the Manistee National Forest. He was our Dessert Princess, Fire Elf and Most Agreeable Companion. This is a mighty blow and words cannot make it other.

Mark Goodwin
June 15, 2022 at 12:37 pm

Guy and I were friends during middle school and High School. I used to ride my bike there and we would hang out. There was a big old barber chair in the basement. We would then ride thought the woods that are now completely gone at very high speeds. I believe I have some pictures from that time and will look for them when I get back from Baltimore.

Jessica Myers
June 15, 2022 at 1:03 pm


Thank you very much for this comment! My family would be honored to see those photos if you can find them. He was an amazing father/husband/person and his death is a great loss to us all.

-Jessica, Guy’s daughter.

Sandra sweet
June 15, 2022 at 2:32 pm

Always had fun at the Lake….something we all enjoyed. Rest well.

Peter Gatteri
June 15, 2022 at 3:50 pm

I looked forward to Guy’s we’d morning Bible study. The short time I have been attending the class I was impressed how good of a teacher Guy was. He was always well prepared and would look up answers to questions. Will never forget the song he wrote and performed about Dr Glenn Wagner. Now Guy you can drive everywhere you need to go

Tony Paruk
June 15, 2022 at 6:24 pm

Guy was an exceptional attorney but an even better person. I had the pleasure of working with him through the Michigan child support program for decades. He was always very prepared and informed on the law, whether it was recent cases or newly proposed legislation. He was well respected in our circle of child support professionals. He cared deeply for the women, children and victims he helped. He was a man of integrity. Later in his career he brought more than just knowledge to our seminars. He brought humor and song writing which put a smile on all our faces. You were a wonderful man Guy and what is the State of Michigan’s loss will be Heaven’s gain. God Bless You and your family with the Lord’s peace.

Mike and Becky Spurbeck
June 15, 2022 at 6:50 pm

We knew Guy most of our lives and were always better for having known him and his family. He was my great friend and more than that, We loved him.

June 15, 2022 at 6:50 pm

Guy will be greatly missed. He has been our neighbor for over 20 years. His smile, wave and great kindness will be so missed.
With deepest sympathy Jessie and Justin.
The Snodgrass family

Jennifer Walther (Barry)
June 15, 2022 at 8:12 pm

So shocked to hear of his passing. I had watched Jessica and Justin when they were very small, so got to know Guy and Sue very well. My parents still live in the neighborhood and all of us would like to offer our prayers and condolences. I always remember him as being a great husband to Sue and father to Jessica and Justin. May he rest in peace.

Joanne Adam
June 15, 2022 at 9:16 pm

Guy was a great person and well respected by all of his peers. Just the nicest of people. He will be missed.

Libby Rice
June 15, 2022 at 10:19 pm

Farewell Dear Friend — Guy, how can it be you are no longer with us? Not even a week has passed since you shared your wisdom and humor with our small group. You were a wonderful friend to me and to so many . May the grief we all feel be soothed by the knowledge that you lived fully and sought God’s path. My heart-felt condolences, especially, to Justin, Jessica, Roy and all of your extended family.

Deb Freeman
June 16, 2022 at 6:30 am

Roy, Jessica, and Justin,

So sorry to hear about the loss of Guy. I know he has left a hole in your hearts. I knew Guy through HUMC and then as a neighbor. Prayers for all of you.


Suzanne Hollyer
June 16, 2022 at 10:27 am

So sorry to hear of Guy’s passing. We co-presented at the Michigan Family Support Council for many years. Everyone enjoyed his humor. He often wrote and played a song at the end of the presentation, which was the hit of the conference every time. Extending my thoughts and best wishes to Guy’s family.

Sherrie P. Guess
June 16, 2022 at 11:52 am

I was shocked, stunned, and saddened to learn of Guy’s passing. Such a loss to everyone who knew him. Special prayers for Guy’s family.

McGarry family
June 16, 2022 at 5:50 pm

Our condolences go out to Justin and Jessica. We will miss your Dad’s friendly smile and pleasant greetings as our neighbor for over 20 years. He will be greatly missed in our neighborhood.

Gray Family
June 16, 2022 at 9:10 pm

Jessie and Justin,
So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing! Such sad news.
Your dad was a wonderful man. A friend to all.
Many prayers and hugs for all of you during this difficult time.
Matt and Julie Gray and family

Pete Willis
June 17, 2022 at 8:12 am

Guy was my boon companion for twenty five years as we hiked, biked, paddled, snowshoed and generally had a great time in the beautiful Manistee National Forest. We all looked forward to his homemade desserts and he always pulled more than his share of the camp chores. Guy provided us with many memorable moments on our outdoor excursions. Who can forget the “drunk and fell in river” weekend. Guy Sweet was aptly named, as no sweeter personality ever graced the PRBA cabin. Decades of memories are all of Guy being cheerful and happy to be enjoying God’s gift of the forests and rivers. Guy, on this new journey “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Sam Smith
June 17, 2022 at 9:14 am

One simply cannot overstate what an excellent human being we lost when Guy passed into the eternal realm. For about 30 years we worked together as prosecutors and canoed together on the Pine and Manistee Rivers. He was my bowman in the canoe and a role model at work. He exemplified the best qualities we can find in any man. He was patient and kind, humble and courteous, generous of spirit, unselfish with his time and talents, unflappable in the face of difficulty, and he always looked for the good in others. I offer my deepest condolences to the two people he loved the best of all — Justin and Jessica. I am sorry he did not have more time to spend with his granddaughter whom he was so looking forward to loving and caring for.

Caskey family
June 17, 2022 at 9:42 am

We were taken aback by the news of Guy”s passing. As previous neighbors, we want to express to you, Jessica and Justin, our deepest condolences for your loss. Your father was a good and kind man.

Stuart Dunnings
June 17, 2022 at 10:53 am

A strongly dedicated adherent to the law whose compassion was so important in reaching “just” solutions never forgetting it was not cases but peoples lives with which we dealt. His advice, counsel, and ever positive nature I found invaluable. Bless you “Sweetness” and thanks.

Inge and Art Kyler
June 17, 2022 at 12:24 pm

Guy will be deeply missed. He was a great leader for the HUMC Wednesday Bible Study. We knew his parents who were also fine people–and remember Guy from his Boy Scouting Days
and Eagle Court. Such a fine person! We are sorry to lose him.
Art and Inge Kyler

Steve Rulison
June 17, 2022 at 1:45 pm

We’ve lost a very good man! He was smart, diligent, humble and fun. I treasure the time I spent with him and have fond memeories of our time paddling on the Pine. Having known Guy there is one thing I am certain of; he will be missed, if fact, he already is.

Tom Doyle
June 18, 2022 at 8:00 am

Guy – The Pine River trips will not be the same without you. Your friendship, humor and kindness will be greatly missed. I take comfort, though, in knowing that God is now holding you in the palm of his hand, and I plan to see you again one day.

Now, too, you might just find the time to finish that song you have been working on about my family’s Christmas tradition.

Rest In peace good friend…


Jeanne M. Kapenga, M.D.
June 19, 2022 at 6:55 pm

Jessica, Justin, Roy and family:

I am so very sorry for your loss. Guy lived his incredible Life to the fullest and was truly a Servant in making each day just a little bit better for everyone else. Generous, thoughtful, compassionate, dedicated, pragmatic, reliable , smarty-pants, committed, courageous “no fear”, humble, strong, adventurous, charismatic and “just plain real” begins the list of his admirable gifts.

His moral compass was grounded with Absolute Integrity in Service to others.

His acceptance of life’s obstacles was Inspiring. He was an acute Visionary in accepting whatever Life threw at him and was a mentor to so many in his community activities. For that, we will be forever indebted.

After Susan’s passing, I asked him in one of our conversations how HE would like to be remembered. And after a thought, he poignantly responded “That I am a good listener.” And I think everyone would agree, he was a skilled and gifted listener. It is a lost art.

Well done, Good and Faithful Servant.

With deepest condolences and fondest remembrance.

Ken Tillou
July 1, 2022 at 2:33 pm

Guy was a law school roommate of mine in 1981-82. He was caring, intelligent, understanding, hard-working, low-key and humble. And yes – a really good listener. My deepest condolences to his family. God speed Guy.

Doug Chumbley
July 1, 2022 at 6:38 pm

I am also a classmate of Guy’s from law school. A great guy who was always upbeat!! Hard to be upbeat in law school but he always was! My thoughts and prayers to his family. May his memory be a blessing to you all.

Tom Gearen
July 1, 2022 at 8:33 pm

I only knew Guy in Law school but he was aptly named. A very sweet, humble, kind, smart, funny soul.

RIP Guy Sweet!

Tom Gearen, 82L

James Kanner
July 2, 2022 at 10:22 am

I was also a friend and roommate of Guy’s during law school. Guy made law school tolerable – even fun at times – which takes a very special character. His caring for others, wonderful sense of humor, absolute integrity and unwavering optimism will be sorely missed. My very sincere condolences to his family.

Jennifer Niemi Eacker
July 3, 2022 at 8:28 pm

Guy was my first boss at Prosecutor’s Office and we had many years of many laughs. I got to know Sue during that time, and have many good memories of both of them. My condolences to their family.


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