Dr. Roger William Sawyer passed away at 9:30 p.m. May 22, 2017 at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.
Roger was born Aug. 27, 1921 to Raymond Earl Sawyer and Goldie (Carney) Hoover who are deceased. On June 1, 1947 he married Hulda Bidlack who died Feb. 17, 1992. He married Dorothy Roush February 1993 and she preceded him in death Oct. 31, 2009.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Douglas (Peggy) Sawyer, Warsaw; his grandchildren, Amanda (Dave) Bailey, Warsaw; Aaron (Marcia) Sawyer, Austin, Texas; Andrew (Rachel) Sawyer, San Francisco, Calif.; and also his beloved great grandsons, Keller and Finley Bailey, Warsaw. Step daughters Cindy Swain, Carmel; Nancy (Dale) Geiselman, Zionsville; and Ellen (Troy) Rector, Carmel, also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his brother, Robert and his sister, Marjorie Chalfant.
Roger graduated from Bluffton High School in 1939. He attended International Business College after serving in World War II in the Army in Burma from 1942-1945. He then went on to attend the Northern Illinois College of Optometry and graduated in 1949. He opened his optometry practice in North Manchester in 1949 where he practiced for 37 years.
He was a member of Kiwanis Club, past member of Tippy Golf Club, Stonehenge Golf Club and a charter member of Sycamore Golf Course. He was a Shriner and also a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church.
His passion was golf and he scored 4 hole-in-ones in his lifetime – the last coming at age 87. He wintered in the Naples, FL area for 35 years. He was a member of Quail Run Golf Course there. He loved bird watching and he loved to whistle, sing and dance.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given in his name to the Chapman Lake Foundation, PO Box 387, Leesburg, IN 46538.
Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.