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Obituary: Sawyer, Leon B. “Tom”

Wed., Sept. 26, 2012


(Age 85)

Tom passed away September 24, 2012.

He was born on January 22, 1927 in Ollie, Iowa.

After graduating from Delta High School he enlisted in the US Naval Service in 1945.

After serving his country in the Navy, Tom started his 38 year career with the Veterans Administration, in hospital administration.

While working at the VA in Iowa, Tom studied at Drake University in Business Administration.

Tom ended his loved career in the early 80’s as Chief of Medical Administration at the VA Hospital in Spokane, Washington.

After retirement, Tom met his true love, Ruth and their life of travel and adventure started.

Tom traveled the world, taking dozens of cruises and land tours.

Tom greatly enjoyed Square and Round Dancing and was an active member of the First Church of the Nazarene, where he was deeply involved in bible studies and loved his position as an usher to greet and welcome his church family on Sunday mornings.
Tom is survived by his sister, Lenore Letkin; his wife, Ruth Sawyer; two sons, Roger (Gina) and Brian (Lori) Sawyer; two step sons, Bill (Dawn) and Rick (Lisa) Armstrong; three grandchildren and several great-children.
The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 9004 N. Country Homes Blvd., Spokane WA to be followed by a graveside service at Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

A reception will follow the graveside service at the First Church of the Nazarene.

Please make memorial contributions in the name of Tom Sawyer to the First Church of the Nazarene for the Pipe Organ Restoration.


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