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Robert Lee Sayre

November 20, 1918 January 23, 2009
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Robert Lee Sayre, 90, of Peoria died Friday, January 23,2009 at

St. Francis Medical Center.

Born November 20, 1918 in Beardstown, Illinois to Henry Franklin and Florence

Vincent Sayre, he married Margaret M. Peters on May 31, 1941, in Westmont, Illinois.

She survives.

Also surviving are three children: Patricia Ann (and Cooper) Graham of

. Baltimore, Maryland; Michael Lee Sayre of Fairlawn, Ohio; and Kathryn Eileen (and

Gale) Bridgewater of Peoria, Illinois; one sister, Janice Davis of Seattle, Washington;

nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three


After graduation from Beardstown High School education in 1936, he attended

Illinois Wesleyan University, where he studied electrical engineering. In 1940, he

became a lineman and technician at Illinois Bell Telephone Co. where he worked until

the outbreak of W orId War II,

During the war, he served in the United States Army as a Lieutenant in the Signal

Corps, and was with the Twenty-Seventh Infantry Division as it saw action in Saipan and

Okinawa in the Pacific. He was also with the division in Japan during the post-war


After the war, he returned to Peoria with his family and continued working at

Illinois Bell, and ultimately became their troubleshooter on the highly complex telephone

computer networks installed in various industries, corporate headquarters and business

centers in the Central Illinois area. After 42 years of service, he retired in 1982, and

became active in the Illinois Bell Pioneers retirement group.

He was a 67-year member of First United Methodist Church in Peoria, and was

highly active in church activities. He participated in several evangelical and outreach

programs. He also participated in Cursillo and Walk to Emmaus, taught Sunday School

Junior High and was President of Triple M. He was also active in the congregation at

University United Methodist Church.

Among his many other activities, he was a dedicated gardener, and many of his

mends and relatives have enjoyed his fruits and flowers.

The memorial service will be held at 11 :00 a.m. Friday, January 30, at the First

United Methodist Church in Peoria. The Reverend Dr. Timothy L. Bias will officiate.

Visitations will be at the church from 4 to 7 pm., Thursday, and for one hour preceding

the service.

Memorials may be made to his church, or to Illinois Wesleyan University. The Cremation

Society of Mid-Illinois Co. is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line

condolences may be made at
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