Frank Sawyer

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METAMORA - Frank Alexander Sawyer of Oak Park, Ill., formerly of Urbana, Ill., the brother of several local residents, died on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at his home.

Frank was born May 29, 1950, to Alex and Janet Sawyer in Champaign, Ill. As a youth, Frank was a member of Boy Scout Troop 1, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Champaign. Frank graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., in 1972, with a bachelor's degree in sociology.

He moved to Chicago in 1973. His first job in Chicago was as a Burns security guard. Frank worked for the Social Security Administration in Chicago from 1974 until his death.

Frank was a loyal member of his family, helping take care of his parents in their later years. Despite challenges with stuttering, he was willing to step outside his comfort zone to participate fully in his family's life, including holiday celebrations, weddings, funerals and caring for elderly relatives.

Frank was an avid reader, including political news, science fiction and the Rolling Stone Magazine. He had a dry wit and a keen sense of irony. Frank was a generous brother and uncle. He was a wonderful gift-giver and was ready to support charitable organizations.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Janet Sawyer; his brother-in-law, Richard Green; and his nephew, John Matthew Sederholm.

He is survived by his sister, Kathryn (Alan) Garrison of Mackinaw; sister, Margaret (Greg) Stanton of Urbana; sister, Charlotte Green of Champaign; sister, Ellen (Steve) Cantrell of Edelstein; and brother, Ralph (Becky Rhodes) Sawyer of Metamora. He was also survived by a host of nieces and nephews, including Anita (Tim) Sorrells and children Robert, Zech, Joshua and Allyssa; Katie (David) Schlappi and son Cole; Chris (Patti Calvo) Stanton; Gabe Stanton; Jordan (Cheryl) Green; Alice (Rob) Callahan and daughter Charlotte; Joe (Stacey) Cantrell; Ben Cantrell; Patrick Cantrell; and Adam Sawyer.

Visitation and memorial services will be held Monday, Oct. 15, at the Quaker Meeting House, 1904 E. Main St., Urbana, at 2 p.m., with visitation at 1 p.m. The memorial service will be followed by a reception. Burial in Clements Cemetery, northeast of Urbana will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Neurofibromatosis Midwest,

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Oct. 3, 2012
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