Dr. Edward H. Sawyer, age 76, of 416 Yule Court Quincy, Illinois died Friday, February 15, 2013, at Blessing Hospital.
Dr. Sawyer was born in Hollywood, California on August 10, 1936 to William Marcus Sawyer and Mildred August (Morgan) Sawyer. Edward married Shirley Ellen Kestler on June 14, 1958 in Twin Falls, Idaho. The family moved to Canton, Mo. in 1968, and then moved to Quincy, Illinois in 1973. Dr. Sawyer is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley, and daughters Cindy Trower (Dan) and Heidi Ludwig (Mark), and granddaughters Kristen Zahm (Derek) and Kaylee Ludwig, all of Quincy, Illinois. He is survived by all of his siblings: William Marcus (Bill) Sawyer of Oregon, Dale Sawyer of California, Gerald (Jerry) Sawyer of Iowa, and Terry Lee and Beverly Iraha of Hawaii.
Dr. Sawyer was a professor at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri for 33 years, from 1968 to 2001, and chair of the Division of Humanities from 1988 to 2001. Dr. Sawyer was an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He spent his life devoting himself to his ministry, his family and education.
Dr. Sawyer received his Bachelor of Theology in 1958 from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon. He earned a Master of Arts in religion and philosophy in 1963 at De Pauw University, in Greencastle, Indiana. In 1965, he received a Masters of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed doctoral studies in 1971 at the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkley, California.
Dr Sawyer was an active member of the First Christian Church, where he was elder emeritus. He served in many roles: chairman of the board, Sunday school teacher, choir member, committee chairman, preacher at many local churches in Missouri and Illinois, and member of district committees.
Dr. Sawyer loved to travel in the United States and abroad. His travel experiences included sabbaticals in Germany and Scotland, a teaching engagement at Kunming Teachers College in Kunming, China. He had many interests. He was a member of the Quincy Symphony Chorus for many years. He volunteered as gardener at Villa Kathrine. Dr. Sawyer was a volunteer chaplain at Blessing Hospital. His hobbies included house remodeling, rebuilding his vintage VWs, baking excellent pies, and playing and baking with his granddaughter. Dr. Sawyer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago, and continued to enjoy an active life despite the illness.
Dr. Sawyer will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and prior students. He was a wise and patient teacher, mentor and friend.
Visitation: Wednesday, February 20, at 9:00-11:00am at First Christian Church at 1415 Maine Street, Quincy Illinois
Memorial Service: Wednesday, February 20, at 11:00am, at the First Christian Church at 1415 Maine Street, Quincy Illinois with Rev. Tracy Armstrong, Rev George Sublette, and Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker officiating.Following cremation, private inurnment will be held in Greenmount cemetery at a later date.
- Culver-Stockton College Scholarship Fund, Canton Missouri
- First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 14th & Maine, Quincy Illinois
- Quincy Symphony, Quincy Illinois
- Arrangements: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.