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ROY SADLER

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May 15, 1929 - January 17, 2013 SHAWNEE Roy H. Sadler, our dear father and friend to so many fellow members of the community, died Thursday, January 17, 2013. He was home, surrounded by his loving family, as he peacefully passed away in his sleep following enduring an extended illness. Born in Guthrie, Oklahoma, to Francis Maud Lowe Sadler and Carl Gordon Sadler, Roy moved to Shawnee as a boy with his family where he attended grade school and junior high, then graduated in 1947, from Shawnee High School. Shortly after his graduation, he was employed where he served until his retirement. In 1949, Roy married Edna Ruth Griggs, also of Shawnee. Their first child, Stephen, was born in 1952. Roy attended night classes at Oklahoma Baptist University, then, continued his education at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma where their second son, Keith, was born. After receiving his degree in Economics, and pursuing his graduate studies, Roy and his young family moved back to Shawnee in 1959, to continue building their lives. Within a year, their third child, Janet, was born.Roy's interest in Economic Development was born from his personal conviction and dedication to serve others. His determination to make a difference led to his appointment to the Shawnee City Commission; then, later in 1974, elected Mayor of Shawnee. The embrace and support for his tireless efforts to continually improve the community were evident through his election to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1984. In addition to his career and service as an elected official, Roy was an active member of many community organizations including, but not limited to, the Shawnee and Redbud City Kiwanis Club, Elks Lodge and AARP Chapter 2654. He received numerous recognition awards for his exemplary service including the City of Shawnee Key to the City Award, 1980; City of Shawnee Appreciation Award, 1980; City of Shawnee Citizens' Salute for Public Service, 1980; Veterans of Foreign Affairs (Post 1317) Outstanding Community Service, 1976-77; Veterans of Foreign Affairs (Post 1317) Outstanding Service to the Community and Veterans Programs, 1977-78-79; the Kiwanis Club Citizenship Award, 1977; Kiwanis Outstanding Leadership Award, 1978-79; Redbud City Kiwanis Club Man of Three Hats Award 1980; Kiwanis Oklahoma-Texas District Exceptional Leadership Award, 1982-83; AARP 2654 Outstanding Service 1990-91; Outstanding Legislative Service State Senate 41st Legislature 1987-88; COEDD Board of Directors Outstanding Service Award; and, was honored for his support of Oklahoma Public Education and many other community service projects that served the citizens of Oklahoma. Roy shared his faith in God with Edna as members of the Faith Community Church of Shawnee. He was an avid golfer throughout his life, and served as Exalted Ruler for the Shawnee Elks Lodge. Roy Harlan Sadler was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Maud Sadler, his twin brother, Coy Garlan, and his older sister, Dorothy Sadler Clark. He is survived by his loving wife, Edna Ruth Griggs Sadler and son, W. Keith Sadler of the home; his oldest son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Roy Sadler and Mary Ruth Hatley Sadler of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and his daughter, Janet Ann Sadler of Atlanta, Georgia. Other surviving family includes Roy's grandson and his wife, Jason Hatley Sadler and Tara B. Garwood Sadler of Olney, M.D.; his brother and sister-in-law, Carl K. and Naomi Sadler of Oklahoma City, and others. The Sadler family would like to extend a special thanks to Heartland Hospice of Oklahoma for their support and loving care of Roy and our family during his final weeks; and Pastor Tom Harrison for his ongoing source of comfort to Roy and our family. In lieu of flowers, please send your memorial donations to the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma at 405-810-0695. We, his family, are very proud of him for his accomplishments as a public figure. We realize that those who knew him, carry a great respect for his integrity, forthrightness and determination to reach positive goals in a cooperative way. To him, as our father, we cannot express enough our deep love, appreciation and gratitude for all that he taught us to value, including the importance of having integrity in all we do, living a principled life that reflects your truth and keeping a sense of humor in spite of it all. He was truly a man of vision. Although we will miss him, we know that all that is good from him will live in our hearts forever. Thanks for being such an awesome dad, loving husband, devoted grandfather, loyal friend and great leader! We love you always! Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Walker Funeral Service Chapel with Tom Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Service.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 18, 2013
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