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John Raymond Sayre

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John Raymond Sayre


John Sayre, 79, of Indianola, IA, formerly West Des Moines, passed away from pancreatic cancer on July 30, 2014 in his home. He will be forever remembered for his service to his country, community, and as a cherished husband, uncle and friend. A Memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 15, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church, 307 W. Ashland, Indianola.

John was born September 24,1934 in Indianola to Raymond and Ruth Buxton Sayre and grew up on their family farm in Ackworth, IA. After graduating from Indianola High School, John attended Simpson College where he majored in Business Administration and was active in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He graduated in 1957 and remained a life-long supporter of Simpson, promoting its growth and reputation in higher education for future generations.

While at Simpson, John also met and fell in love with his future bride, Barbara Ann Worth. Having a lot in common, including the same birth date, they married in June 1958 and spent their first two years together in Germany where John served in the United States Army as an Intelligence Analyst, (SACom Headquarters-G2), USAREUR/USAFE, Munich.

John and Barbara returned to Des Moines in 1960 to live and begin their careers. Barbara pursued her passion for teaching and John joined J.C. Penney. His first assignment was in sales and would continue with increased scope and responsibilities for the next thirty-three years. Throughout his career, he was a multi-year member of the JC Penney Million Dollar Club and frequently earned the Director's Award of Excellence. John retired in 1995, as the Regional Sales Manager, Midwest.

John loved to spend time with family and friends and may have been one of the original "foodies." He also enjoyed researching his family genealogy, studying classic cars, watching movies, and traveling the globe with Barbara. He even attained his goal of seeing all seven continents, though barely because weather prevented him from actually landing in Antarctica. He saw it, nonetheless!

His sisters, Helen Coolidge and Alice Sayre and his brother, Bill Sayre, preceded John's death.

He is survived by nieces and nephews: Cynthia Coolidge Mainini, Ann Sayre Christian, Mary Sayre Eriksson, Elizabeth Sayre Cheevers, George Ruggles Coolidge III and William Raymond Sayre. Among the nieces and nephews are ten children and three grandchildren. His sister-in-law Ruthann Sayre, cousins Richard Scott, David Scott and Bill Buxton also survive.

His loving wife, Barbara Sayre, resides in The Village in Indianola, Iowa.

A special thanks goes to Kim and the Orange Team, Unity Point Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a . Online condolences may be made at


Published in Des Moines Register from Aug. 10 to Aug. 15, 2014
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