Michael D. Sweeney, age 78, of Fargo, ND, Professor Emeritus, NDSU Soil Science Department passed away on Monday, January 21, 2008 at Innovis Health in Fargo. He was born on October 11, 1929 in Grafton, ND and lived in Cashel, ND before moving to Chicago, IL in 1934 where he attended grade school and high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana in 1954. He returned to ND and began his career in the Soils Department at ND Agricultural College. He married Carol K. Shea on August 30, 1958. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Soil Science from North Dakota State University in 1961. He was employed at NDSU for 39 years, retiring in 1994. After retirement he was a Consultant on a variety of soil related projects for the Agricultural Experiment Station and others. He is survived by his wife, Carol K. Sweeney; children, Michael I. Sweeney of Fargo, ND and Mary Sweeney of Vadnais Heights, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Hospice of the Red River Valley, or charity of your choice. Visitation: Wednesday, January 23 from 5-7 pm at Boulger Funeral Home and one hour prior to Mass in the church on Thursday. Prayer Service: Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorial Mass: Thursday, January 24 at 1:30 pm at Church of the Holy Spirit, Fargo. Interment: Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo. Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

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