Mr. Kenneth W. Sauer
February 6, 1946 – April 23, 2021
Kenneth Sauer, 75, of Colleyville and Gainesville, Texas passed away at his home in Gainesville on April 23, 2021. He was born February 6, 1946 in Amherst, Ohio to the late Robert and Erika Sauer.
Ken Sauer had a full and wonderful life.
After graduating high school, he joined the Navy and was stationed in Jacksonville, Florida. He played on the base basketball team and learned to surf, before being sent to serve in Vietnam. He was proud to have received numerous medals.
He met the love of his life, Sally, while being stationed in San Diego, California. After being discharged, he worked briefly as an auxiliary security officer at the Oakland Memorial Hospital. Then he and his wife Sally moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she worked for United Airlines and he started at Braniff Airlines. He played for Braniff's traveling semi-pro softball team. Growing tired of the cold weather, Ken requested a transfer with Braniff Airlines and they moved to Colleyville, Texas.
After Braniff Airlines demise, Ken went to work for the City of Irving. He worked there for 20 years and retired. He then went to work for the City of Fort Worth for 4 years and retired again. During this time, he restored classic cars ('59 Metropolitan, '60 Falcon Ranchero and 3 Opal GTs) and was an honorary blackbelt in Karate. He volunteered at Karate tournaments for 20 years. He was also very passionate about his German Shepherds. He raised, bred, and trained them. He handled conformation, obedience, and schutzund. He had multiple dogs in police departments, search and rescue, and seeing eye dogs for the blind.
After his wife, Sally, of 42 years passed away he decided that it was time to retire from the dogs and spend more time with the grandbabies, Millie and Nikki.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Sally; sister, Mary Ann Beko; and beloved German Shepherd, Zeus. Ken leaves behind sisters, Terri Minshall and Bobbie Holmgren; brothers, Greg Sauer and Mark Sauer; daughter, Deborah Sauer-Bullis (Gray); and son, Mike Sauer (Debbie).
The family will receive friends Friday, May 7, 2021 starting at 5pm at J. E. Foust and Son Funeral Home, 523 S. Main Street, Grapevine, TX for a Visitation Service in the Chapel. A catered reception will begin at 6pm.
Friday, May 7, 2021
Mr. Kenneth W. Sauer
Mr. & Mrs. Justin Myers
May 5, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Terri (Sauer) Minshall
May 4, 2021
my big brother 💗
I remember some of his younger days he was always teasing us, but he always looked after us and took us Trick or treating, and I remember a lot of Beach boys music playing back then LOL.
He played basketball and football, in high school. Not sure which one it was where he got his front teeth knocked out!
I was scared but so proud when he left to serve in the US Navy on aircraft carrier USS Coral Seas during Vietnam.
He went on to Marry a wonderful woman and raise two great kids, whom he was very proud of. And he still checked in on his parents and siblings.
I think my brother lived a long good life, full of fun love and adventure,
So now Rest in peace big brother 🙏🏻 you will be missed
May 4, 2021
Ken you were there for me while we went through our times in The City of Irving and The City of Ft. Worth. You are my friend for life. If it wasn't for you and your advice I wouldn't have survived my ordeals. I have nothing but Love for you Brother. ❤️. I know I'll see you again. Just wait for me on the other side. May your memory be Eternal 🙏🏼.