Michael Jay Sawyer, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, passed away from this life at 9:35 a.m. on August 29, 2009, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 15, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri the son of Jack and Lorraine (Hackler) Sawyer. He is survived by his wife, Betty, one son, Chris and his wife, Nancy; sisters, Jacki Hageman and Judy Wood and her husband, Jerry; five grandchildren, Britney and Kyle Wilson, Rachel and Jeremy Baker, Destiny Sawyer, Sabra and Mark Jenkins, and Aaron Pendergrass; three great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law and their spouses, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carmen Pendergrass.
Mike followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father as a printer. He and Betty also owned and operated an antique furniture store on the square in Carthage. One of his passions was meeting people and talking about old furniture. He always looked forward to his daily early morning coffee gatherings with the Carthage Square businessmen before they opened their shops for the day.
Mike was of exemplary character as was attested to by his strong Christian faith. He placed great value in contributing his time and labor to his church community in every possible way. He was a tireless volunteer contributing his energies to Thrivent and to the Lutheran Braille workers.
Mike led a will-disciplined life as he shared much love and laughter, as well as tears when needed, with his family and many friends and acquaintances. He deserved all the respect he received because he earned it. In his parting Mike took with him many wonderful memories, but left behind his strength and spirit for those who knew him to share. Mike was simply the best.
Funeral services under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Freistatt, Missouri with burial in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2009 in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lutheran Braille Workers #69 in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.fossettmosherfuneralhome.com.