Community Mourns Victims In Butler Co. Crash

By Brenda Waters

CLINTONVILLE (KDKA) — The driver of the van who was taking six of his Amish neighbors to a funeral was something his wife said he often did – drive for his friends.

A. Lewis Sweetapple, 76, was well-known and loved. The owner of McKinley Funeral Home in Clintonville, Venango County, said Sweetapple drove to supplement his income.

The Amish can ride in cars, but are forbidden to own or drive them.

Larry McKinley says he will prepare all four bodies for burial; however, the Amish will hold funeral services from their homes and then carry their loved ones by horse and buggy to an Amish cemetery.

This part of Venango County is a place where old customs still thrive in a modern world.

And the morning crash leaves both worlds in pain.


One Comment

  1. bettygerbil says:

    i’m sorry for your loss your husband seems like a caring neighbor to help the amish people in their time of need . we need more angels like him . also to other person in the truck i’m sorry for your loss as a child should not be buried before his parents . and to all the amish people sorry for loss’s also this is a difficult time right at the holidays to have to deal and try to overcome a loss i know i lost my brother dec 6 2009 to a drunk driver and my stepbrother passed nov 19 2010 so i know what your going thru .

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