Waldo Sauter, age 90 of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, died on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at McLaren-Central Michigan. Dr. Sauter was born on April 7, 1921 in Wellsboro, Indiana, the second son of Olga (Porter) and Frank Sauter. Dr. Sauter was a long time educator, and taught in Indiana high schools and Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky before joining Central Michigan University in 1957. While at CMU he served in the capacities of Professor of Physical Education and Sport, Coordinator of their graduate program, assistant athletic coach in football, basketball and baseball and head baseball coach. In September of 1994 he was elected to the Central Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a long-time member of The American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Michigan Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and Phi Epsilon Kappa, National Professional Fraternity in Physical Education. He was primarily responsible for the chapter of Phi Epsilon Kappa being established on the CMU campus, and was faculty advisor of this chapter (Beta Delta) for twenty six years. In April of 2000, Dr. Sauter was presented with Phi Epsilon Kappa's most prestigious award, the Honor Award. Dr. Sauter was also a charter member of the Central Michigan University's chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a graduate fraternity in Education. He retired from the University in 1986.
Dr. Sauter graduated from Ball State University in 1947, and held Master's and Doctoral degrees from Indiana University. He was an avid baseball fan and player, and played briefly in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. Locally he played and managed with the Rosebush semi-pro team and the Mt. Pleasant Green Sox team. He was also an active member of the Michigan Sport Sages, served on their Board of Directors, and served as State President of this organization in 1998. He was an active member of Rotary International and the Mt. Pleasant Chapter. He served in the United States Army in World War II, in both the European Theatre and the Pacific Theatre of operations. He was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant.
Dr. Sauter was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Earl, Richard, Glen, who died as an infant and his son-in-law Bruce Henderson. He is survived by his wife, Judy, whom he married in LaPorte, Indiana in 1950; two daughters, Michele (Ronald) Hoeksema of Galesburg, Michigan, Robin Henderson and adopted daughter, Char Hone both of Salt Lake City, Utah. Five grandsons: Matthew, Joseph and William Henderson of Salt Lake City, Utah and Tyler and Benjamin Hoeksema and a granddaughter Hadlee Hoeksema, all of Galesburg, Michigan. Also four great grandchildren: Sadie, Audrey, Scottie and Silas, all of Salt Lake City, Utah.
In following Dr. Sauter's wishes, his body has been willed to the Michigan State University School of Medicine. Memorial services celebrating Dr. Sauter's life will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. from the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Andrew L. Miller officiating. Friends will gather with the family from 10-11a.m. at the church. Military Honor Guard Services honoring Dr. Sauter will be will be provided by the Borley-Hanel VFW Post 3033 and the American Legion Post 110. Friends may remember Dr. Sauter with a memorial to Food With Friends at the Commission on Aging or The First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available on the day of the service at the church or at Rowley Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.
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Published by The Morning Sun from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2012.