Leonard "Buz" Sawyer, 86, of Ingleside, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
He is preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Opal Sawyer and his son, Terry Sawyer.
Buz is survived by his wife of 21 years, Frances; four Children, Jim (Kendra) Sawyer, Judy (Don) Cooper, June (Steven) Vincze, and Kirk (Dana) Nichols; daughter-in-law Angela Sawyer; 14 grandchildren, Christy, Brian, Jeff, Cody, Robert, Amanda, Carter, Dillon, Meagan, John, Mark, Matthew, Andrew and Sarah; and numerous great-grandchildren, who will all miss Buz and not forget his memory.
Buz graduated from Abilene High School and McMurray College. He joined the United States Air Force in October of 1950 and retired as a Lt. Col. on August 28, 1991. During this time, he was also a mathematics teacher at Lincoln Jr. High School in Abilene. Buz spent many hours with the amateur theater as an actor, and is a member of The Screen Actor's Guild and appeared on stage and in 2 motion pictures.
Buz married Dorothy Imken in 1952 and they were married for 34 years. Together they had 3 children...Judy, Jim & Terry.
In 1993, Buz and Frances moved to Ingleside where they resided after his retirement. He was an instructor for 6 years of the Columbus Fleet and Captain of the Forward Mast on the Niña, sailing in the Bay of Corpus Christi. He was active in the Lions and Governor of District 2A3 from 2006 - 2007. He was a member of Coastal Bend Radio Club for the past five years.
His favorite sport was football, specifically Dallas Cowboy football. In retirement he made a sport of working on his computer.
A Memorial Service will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Church of Ingleside, TX, located at 2248 Morgan Ln. A reception will follow at the Fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers the family would like to honor "Buz's" wishes and kindly ask that you donate to The Lion's Camp of Kerrville. Located at 4100 San Antonio Highway, Kerrville, TX 78028.
Leonard was a man of many talents. We remember a fun cookout on the beach and times at Lake Travis. It seems he was always rescuing us! I always appreciated his passion for the replica ships and the Lexington. He was a great brother to our dad, giving him eyes and understanding everywhere they ventured together. May he Rest In Peace. He will be missed.
Penny Sawyer Smith,
To the best wingman and airman anyone could ask for. I’ll always cherish the hours spent with Buz and Dale discussing the USAF, politics and humanity. Wishing we could be with our extended family at the memorial service but Pam and I are still in Germany in the service of our country. All our love and prayers.
CMSgt(R) Paul J Eisele, USAF,
We will miss you Buz! You had a wonderful long life filled with the things you loved to do...sailing, volunteer work, teaching, traveling, square dancing and most importantly, your service to our country. I particularly enjoyed our late night chats with an adult bevy. We love you ❤️
Love my Uncle!! He was and is a good man. He is with our Lord and had such a good life!! Prayers to the family. Know he and Terry are looking over you all!!Love all of you,Patty
Patricia L McGillis,