Larry Wayne Sawyer, 70, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 1, 2019, in his home surrounded by his family.
Larry was born on May 17, 1949, at Humansville Hospital to Robert Earnest and Blanche Sawyer.
On July 28, 1968, he married the love of his life, Sharon Fink, and to this couple three children were born: Teressa “Terri” Lynn, Brian Dean and Kevin Wayne.
Larry was raised west of Fair Play in the Bear Creek area on the family farm and could be seen many times riding his horse to school.
Upon graduation from Fair Play High School in 1967, Larry was drafted by the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and stationed in West Berlin. While stationed in Germany, Larry was in the infantry division where he was NCO of the ammunition dump. He would talk about guarding Rudolf Hess, a leading member of Hitler’s Nazi party, at the Spandau prison. Larry was honorably discharged Feb. 11, 1971, with an E5 rank as sergeant.
After discharge from the Army, he returned home to Fair Play and worked as a builder for his father-in-law, LaVerne Fink, with Lakeland Plumbing.
Larry eventually became involved in the propane business and started Sawyer Propane in 1973 until it was sold to Uregas. He stayed on as manager for many years. Larry then took a job driving a semi to Kansas City and back daily hauling sand for a local concrete company. He enjoyed driving the semi while talking on the CB to other truckers.
Larry then went to work for the Polk County road and bridge department before starting the Country Classics Antique Mall in 1999, which he operated until retirement due to health issues.
Larry and Sharon celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2018 and have always lived in the Fair Play/Bolivar area while raising their children in the Fair Play school system.
He was active in Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association and was a proud Fair Play Hornet. You found him at many sporting events cheering on his children. Hobbies include hunting with his sons, fishing with his family and friends and playing card games.
Larry was baptized at the age of 11 and was a member of the Fair Play First Baptist Church.
Larry is preceded in death by his father, Robert Earnest Sawyer, mother Blanche Fisher Sawyer Hutchins, brothers James and Robert and son Brian.
Larry leaves behind his wife, Sharon, of the home; daughter Terri Rash and fiance Mike Masters of Ozark; son Kevin Sawyer and wife Kayla of Humansville; grandchildren Cody Rash and wife Bailey of Oklahoma, MaKayla Rash of Ozark, and Wylee and Nora Sawyer of Humansville; sister Dorothy Lee Hamlin and husband Jerry of Springfield; sister-in-law Dorothy Sawyer of Bolivar; and several nieces and nephews.
Larry was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery in Bolivar next to his son Brian. Services were Tuesday, June 4, at Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar. The service was officiated by James Thomas and David Stunkel. Pallbearers were Leigan Whitson, Dean Ponder, Jerry Sukovaty, Ryan Curry, Mike Wood, Randy Scott, Scott Lang and Rick Bays. Honorary pallbearers were the 1967 Class of Fair Play High School.