Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, June 21, 1984
OBITUARY ~ ERNEST H. SAWYER
Ernest H. SAWYER, son of William Van SAWYER and Florence Nettie VAUGHN SAWYER, was born in Poe Township on January 4, 1897, and died
at the age of 87 in the Clearview Nursing Home on June 14, 1984.
Ernest lived in the early part of his life in Ringgold County,
where he married Opal JENNINGS. To this union were born two children, Barbara Eileen, and Max Elton, who was killed in France
during World War II.
Ernest moved with his family to Detroit, where he worked for the post office. After the death of his wife,
Opal, in 1928, he continued to live in Detroit, where he married Stella K. BOYD in 1934. Upon his retirement from the
post office Ernest and Stella bought a farm in Homer, Michigan, and lived there for 27 years. Prior to returning to Mount
Ayr, they lived in Benton, Arkansas.
Ernest was a member of the First Christian Church of Mount Ayr. He served in the
army during World War I, and spent a year in France. He was active in the Letter Carriers Union, serving as president
for many years. He also served as president of the Michigan Farmers Union.
Ernest was a loving husband, father, and grandfather,
and had a deep concern for all people.
He will be mourned by his wife, Stella; his daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law,
Roger ROHN (RENN?), of Allentown, Pa., and his four grandchildren: Stephen RENN and family, of Paolia, Pa., Diane
THEODORE and husband, Dane, of Kendall, Florida, Richard RENN of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Doug RENN and wife, Connie
of Meyerstown, Pa., and great-grandson, Timothy RENN.
Ernest will be missed by his two brother-in-law, Wilbur FARIS
and Victor THOMPSON, and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Wilson-Watson Funeral Home, Mount Ayr, Iowa,
on Saturday, June 16, 1984. Officiating was Rev. Doris KINTON. Music was by Mrs. Robert THOMAS, Mrs. Jim JONES and
Mrs. Robert FISHER.
Casketbearers were Lee FARIS, Stephen RENN, Douglas RENN and Doyle STAMPER. Burial was in
Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2011
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