February 27, 1942 ~ August 1, 2022

Born in: Vincennes, Indiana
Resided in: Vincennes, Indiana

Paul R. Sweeney, better known as P.R., was born to Anna Lee and Paul J. Sweeney on February 27, 1942, in Vincennes, Indiana. P.R. was the oldest of two children, his younger sister Jane Ann (Sweeney) Hoke was born 16 years later.

A 1960 graduate of Monroe City High School, P.R. went on to receive his associates degree in Business Administration from Vincennes University, his bachelors degree in Finance and Economics from Indiana State University and a graduate degree from the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University.

P.R.’s professional career included serving as a Senior Bank Examiner for the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions, and as an Auditor for Geo S. Olive & Co., both in Indianapolis before returning to Vincennes in 1969 to begin his career at Security Bank & Trust Company. P.R. began as an auditor and ultimately followed in his father’s footsteps, being named President and CEO in 1994. His dad, Paul J. Sweeney, was the 4th president of Security Bank, and P.R. was the 10th and last president. P.R. remained in this position at Security Bank, and later Old National Bancorp, until his retirement on August 1, 2001.

P.R. conscientiously provided his time and talent and served on numerous civic, community and state boards. It would be impossible to list them all. A few notable appointments included serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Vincennes University, President of the Knox County Hospital Association, Trustee of the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana State Museum, Director of the Vincennes University Foundation, an Elder in the Indiana Presbyterian Church, President of the Vincennes Kiwanis Club, and a Board Member for the Indiana Department of Financial Institutions.

Though P.R. took pride in every appointment he received, there were four that P.R. was probably most proud of; being the self-appointed Mayor of Verne, President of the Verne Society, membership in the Bicycle Club and being one of only two individuals to hold an office in the RPC.

P.R. devoted countless hours to making his community a better place, but his true love and devotion was to his family. On November 7, 1964, he married his high school classmate and college sweetheart, Shirley V. (Steffey) Sweeney and together they had 4 children, Shannon, Paulette, Chad and Jamie. P.R. and Shirley were married for 32 years before she was called home on November 14, 1996.

On February 26, 2000, P.R. was blessed with a second marriage when he married Phyllis L. (Thomas) Sweeney and P.R. gained two additional children, Derek and Danielle. After 22 years of marriage, P.R. was called to Heaven on August 1, 2022, surrounded by his family.

P.R. is survived by his wife, Phyllis, his sister and brother-in-law, Jane Ann and Terry Hoke, his children Paulette Jones, Chad (Laura) Sweeney and Jamie (Cody) Kendall, his step-children Derek (Kara) Thomas and Danielle (Andy) Vieck, and his 11 grandchildren, Lillyanna and Joshua Jones, Jack and Will Sweeney, Alyxandra, Alivia and Chloe Kendall, D’Lee (Zach) Thomas, Alexis Vieck and Keagan and Keanna Thomas.

P.R. distinguished himself in his profession and his community, but most importantly he was a faithful son and brother, a devoted husband, a loving father and a man of Christ. It is these qualities that he will be remembered for and will live on in the legacies he leaves behind.

Friends may visit with the Sweeney family from 4 – 8 pm on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home, 524 Broadway Street, Vincennes, Indiana. The funeral service will be held Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 10:00 am at the Indiana Presbyterian Church, 2431 South Lower Indiana Road, Vincennes, Indiana. Pastor Frank Harmon will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in P.R.’s memory to Indiana Presbyterian Church or to an institution supporting Alzheimer’s Disease research.  Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of P.R. and his family.


Visitation: August 5, 2022 4:00 pm - August 5, 2022 8:00 pm

Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home - Vincennes
524 Broadway Street

Service: August 6, 2022 10:00 am

Indiana Presbyterian Church
2431 S. Lower Indiana Rd.
Vincennes, IN 47591

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  1. PR brought fun and joy to those around him.
    He shared adventures and interesting stories with friends and family. We will miss him very much.

    Love from Joy and Randall Garriott

  2. God be with your family. Although we did not know P.R, the obituary obviously tells a great story of a very good person.

  3. He will be greatly missed. What a tremendous contribution he made to our community over the years!!

  4. P.R. was, and always will be, one of the absolute best life-long friends I ever had. He, David Schuckman and I did everything together from the time we were born and on up through High School days. These memories are just like yesterday and I will cherish them forever.

  5. Phyllis so sorry to hear about the passing of PR. We got to know him this past winter in Florida. He was a good neighbor. We will miss his smiling face. Take care.
    Tim and Pearl Sweiger

  6. We are very sorry to hear of PR passing as he was a very sweet man & we enjoyed
    seeing him at the pool and around Raintree Park every winter season. Prayers for your family.

  7. I’m mourning the loss of a life-long friend. PR was a great man and a great friend. We had been friends since he was 5 or 6 years old. We never got into serious trouble with our antics but our parents did wonder about us a time or two, trying to shoot moles in the yard with bow and arrow or look for the source of mysterious noises in the woods behind the house where he grew up. I worked for PR at Security Bank and fondly recall those years. PR, I have thought of you often and I regret I was not able to visit with you during the last few years. I will remember our friendship always. God bless your soul. Amen.

  8. I worked at the bank for 22 years and all that time worked under PR’s leadership. I really appreciated him giving me the opportunity to advance my career and having confidence in me at a time not many women were in those positions.

    I want all the family to know I am sending prayers and Gods Blessing to help them through this difficult time.

  9. P.R. was an absolutely wonderful man . He displayed the utmost integrity in every way. It was an honor to know him and to be his neighbor. He quickly became like a very close family member to our household. In fact, to Jamie… in her heart …he was her adopted Grandpa ! Grandpa P.R. showed Jamie unconditional love and acceptance and treated her as if her disability didn’t exist!! All my children as well as Kevin and I were immensely blessed and impacted enormously by his love, tenderness, quiet strength , generosity and Fatherly wisdom!!!
    You will be greatly missed, P. R. !!!!!!!

  10. I met” PR “through the Steffey family( fifty-five years ago” and enjoyed his personality. PR achieve and contributed so much for the Vincennes Community

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