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Howard L. Sawyer, age 80, of Kahoka, MO, died Sunday, August 16, 2009, in the emergency room of Keokuk Area Hospital.
He was born April 18, 1929, at Argyle, IA, the son of Glady Emery and Floy Robertson Jones Sawyer.
He married Mary Thomas and they were the parents of Tom and John. On October 6, 1973, he married schoolmate, Marie Schulte Cook, in Revere. She preceded him in death on December 2, 2003.
Survivors include his sons, John Sawyer and his wife, Lois, of Balingup, Australia and Tom Sawyer of Centennial, CO; a step-son, James Cook and his wife, Cindy, of Kahoka, MO; three step-daughters: Dixie Laymon and her husband, Richard, of Warrenton, MO, Patricia
Eddleman of Lehigh Acres, FL, and Kathy Coppler and her husband, Bruce, of Alexandria, MO; seventeen grandchildren: Johnny, Paul, Taylor and Danny Sawyer, Ryan (Amy) Laymon, David (Erika) Laymon, Travis (Cindy) Eddleman, Clint (Malachi) Eddleman, Kristi Eddleman, Bill (Heather) Esterday, Nick Esterday, Beau, Andrew, and Cody Cook, Jody (Michelle) Coppler, Jeff Coppler, and Jamie (Terry) Hamelton; ten great-grandchildren: Meadow, Carson, Payton and Mia Eddleman, Bennet Esterday, Keitan Cook, Brandon, Breanna and Bailey Coppler, and, Cody Hamelton; a sister, Ruby Martin, of Vancouver, WA; sister-in-law, Alice Parsons of Kahoka, MO; brother-in-law, Raymond Schulte, of Keokuk, IA; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Marie.
Howard graduated from Revere High School and then entered the military. He was career military for 20 years and at retirement was an instructor at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, CO.
Other bases served included Biloxi, MS and Anchorage, AK. He worked various occupations following his discharge, in the meantime returning to Missouri, settling in Revere and later Kahoka.
Music was Howard’s passion. He was a well-known musician and played for many benefits, dances, and nursing homes for the past 30 plus years. He was a standard fixture at the Country Comes Home annual program. He also enjoyed listening to music and attending the local Blue Grass festival. His family and friends were very important to him and he loved spending time with them.
Funeral services were held Friday, August 21, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Herb Doty officiating. Special music “How Great Thou Art” was provided by Gene Egley, “Keeper of the Door” by Harlan Gamber and “I Saw the Light” by Bill Owen.
Honorary pallbearers were Gene Egley, Leo Longshore, Harlan Gamber, Bill Owen, Kenny Justice and Gerald Sawyer.
Pallbearers were Clint Eddleman, Travis Eddleman, Ryan Laymon, David Laymon, Andrew Cook and Cody Cook.
Burial with military rites followed in the Revere Cemetery.
Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Friday with family receiving friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.
Memorials were suggested to the Revere Community Center or the Revere Cemtery.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.timeformemory.com/wilsonfh.

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