Aubrey E. Sawyer Saturday, November 3, 1956 - Sunday, July 30, 2017
Aubrey Eugene Sawyer, 60, was born November 3, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri, the fifth child to Ada Pearl Sawyer. As a child he was not fond of his name, as he felt he was the only person with it and his childhood friends teased him by calling him “RB Rice Sausage”. As an adult he grew to appreciate the uniqueness of his name, but insisted that it be pronounced properly.
Aubrey was a Mighty Lincoln Tiger, attending Lincoln High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He was an avid reader. He was a self-taught intellectual who explored things that most never even think of, like what are the properties, sources and uses of the element vanadium? Not only would he research (even prior to Google), he would retain what he learned and could recite in minute detail every aspect of what he learned for many years after. Often times he could recall particulars to a degree that interested absolutely nobody but him. He was a teacher to many.
Aubrey became one of The Few, The Proud, The Marines in May 1974, serving two tours. He joined as a young, meek lad and returned a strong, devoted, focused and confident MAN filled with pride. The marines believe “The Strength of the Pack is the Wolf, the Strength of the Wolf is the Pack”. The Sawyers believe that Aubrey was the bond, the link that held our family chain together…THE WOLF. Aubrey believed he was committed to something greater than himself, he felt he was nothing without his family…THE WOLFPACK. He was supportive of his entire family in every way he knew how. To him, there is nothing more important than family. He adored his grandson who he called “Grandman”, and who called him “Grandman” as well. If you were an actively supportive part of our lives, then you too are family.
Aubrey began his career with Kansas City Southern Railroad in 1996 as a Switchman. In a manner typical for him, he studied, tested and very quickly advanced to become an Engineer. He remained with the railroad until his retirement in 2013.
Aubrey was called home to be with the King on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Waiting at heaven’s gate were: his mother Ada Pearl Sawyer, grandfather James Sawyer, grandmother Pearl B. Dotsey, sister Connie Sawyer, uncle Bo Porter and aunt Bennie Porter.
Left with memories of his impact and his huge heart are: his daughter Vannessa Washington-Sawyer; his Grandman Terrell McGaugh, Jr.; beloved siblings Gregory B. Sawyer (Rebecca), Maurice E. Prymus (Mary), Darrell M. Sawyer, Jeanette M. Sawyer-Bass (Bill) and Andre’ K. Sawyer; many nephews and nieces, all of which all were his favorite; many cousins, including his favorite cousin Carolyn Porter-Tanner; lifelong friends Raymond Suber and Anthony Garth, and so many more who loved and admired him.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. at Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors. Interment Pending. Family hour will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the chapel. Services conducted by Duane E. Harvey Funeral Directors. Condolences may be shared on our website.