Donald Saylor

Rev. Donald R. Saylor

PERRYSVILLE: Rev. Donald R. Saylor, 87, of Perrysville, was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus Christ, Tuesday, August 5, 2014. He was born February 26, 1927 in Berea, Ohio, to the late Lila (Schaaf) and Raymond Saylor.

Education was important in Rev. Saylor's life, but, as important as education was to him, he believed goodness was paramount. He received his Bachelor Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, Bachelor Degree from Capital University, completed graduate work at Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, Southern Baptist Seminary at Louisville and Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus. All told, he had four Master degrees in various fields including, theatre, theology, social work and psychology.

Well-liked and highly respected are words that are synonymous with Rev. Saylor. He was a great man, who did everything in his power to make the lives around him more blessed. He was one of those rare persons who are both highly educated and wise in life's experiences. He was willing and able to convey his perspective on life and allow others to find comfort in their situations. His high morals were lived each and every day of his life. Most everyone who knew Rev. Saylor was truly appreciative of his willingness to understand and genuinely care for them.

He began his pastoral career in 1954 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. In 1957, he was called to St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbus. Wishing to further his education, he moved to the Broad Street Christian Church in 1969. He then worked as a psychotherapist at North Area Guidance Center in Columbus, and supplied part-time pastoral care at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church beginning in 1974. He was later called to a full-time capacity. He served this congregation for 18 years until his retirement in 1992. Throughout the years, he also served in various positions utilizing his social work and psychology degrees. He participated in the 1963 Lutheran World Federation in Helsinki, Finland, followed by visits to Poland, Germany, Western Europe and Russia.

Even while devoting time to others, his family was most important to him and he leaves a legacy they will treasure forever. They find comfort in knowing he is with God and happy.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Patricia McDonald Saylor; a son, John Saylor of Perrysville; a daughter, Ramona Zimmerman of Ocala, FL; five grandchildren, Kirsten (Brad) Eppler, Carrie Saylor, Daniel (Jenna) Saylor, Matthew Zimmerman and Christopher Zimmerman; six great-grandchildren, Callen and Layla Eppler, Garret, Delilah, Norah and Layton Saylor; several nieces and nephews; and his expansive church family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Rev. Paul Radloff; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Geraldine McDonald.

The memorial service conducted by Dr. David Aune will be held Friday, August 15, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 106 W. Main St., Lucas. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service until 5:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the E. Stanley Jones Foundation, 10804 Fox Hunt Lane, Potomac, MD 20854. The Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Published in the News Journal from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2014