OBITUARY

James Marshall Sauer

July 23, 1923January 2, 2019
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James M. Sauer, 95 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 2:30 PM Wednesday January 2, 2019 at the Brookdale Senior Living of Greenville. Jim was born July 23, 1923 in Elizabeth, New Jersey and the son of the late Edward and Helen (Marshall) Sauer.

He retired in 1987 as a Chemist with BASF where he had been employed for 34 years and 14 years of that spent in the Greenville, Ohio location. Also a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, American Legion, Community Unity and a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program all of Greenville. He was also a Veteran of WW II serving in the US Army Company M 175th Infantry.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Alice (McShane) Sauer December 6, 2001. They were married June 12, 1948. Also brothers Edward Sauer and John Sauer and Sisters Ann Kimm , Claire Sauer, Marie Geisel and Ruth Miller.

Jim is survived by his children Jim Sauer of Beachwood, New Jersey, Peg (Rich) Hadden of Greenville, Larry (Molly) Sauer of Stoughton, Massachusetts, Greg (Sandi) Sauer of Maineville, Ohio and Marie (Rev. Steve) Short of Beamsville; 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM Monday January 7, 2019 in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church 233 West Third Street Greenville, Ohio with Father John R. White as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Church Cemetery where full Military Honors will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with the Greenville Elks Lodge conducting a Memorial Service at 4:30 PM and the Knights of Columbus reciting the Rosary at 4:45 PM.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the Community Unity or the St. Mary’s Catholic School, both of Greenville.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, January 7, 2019
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January 3, 2019

Fort GreeneVille Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution thanks Jim for his service to America.

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Served in the Army from March 3, 1943 to October 19, 1945

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Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what James Marshall Sauer believed about life. He was a creative man who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Jim thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Jim was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

      James was born on July 23, 1923 at home in Elizabeth, New Jersey. His parents were Edward and Helena (Marshall) Sauer. James was raised in Elizabeth and Roselle, New Jersey with seven siblings. He had one older brother Ed, one younger brother John, and four younger sisters Marie, Ann, Claire, and Ruth.

   Jim graduated from Abraham Clark High School Roselle NJ in 1941. His “never say die” attitude and his ability to face any challenge no matter how difficult it might be were tremendous assets that he carried with him into the military. Jim was an Army veteran. He achieved the rank of Sergeant. He was in the Infantry as a Heavy Machine Gunner during WWII. He spent much of his service in Central Europe, Northern France, Normandy and Rhineland. James saw action for WWII. Through his hard work and dedication, he earned not only the respect of his fellow service men and women, but also was presented with various awards, including Combat Infantry Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with Arrowhead, and the Good Conduct Medal. He achieved the rank of Sergeant.

 Endowed with an appetite for knowing how his world worked, Jim enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown.He was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. Because he was a quick thinker and adept at picking up on new things Jim performed well in college. He was always on a quest for knowledge and he relished the experience. Theories intrigued him, and he was good at solving complex problems. He always wanted to understand rather than judge. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from NYU.

      On June 12, 1948 James exchanged wedding vows with Alice Margaret McShane at St.Cecilia Church of Kearny, New Jersey. Jim was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. He also was an entertaining conversationalist . In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Jim loved to argue for argument’s sake.

      James' remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. Jim was blessed with four Children ,three sons, James (Jim), Lawrence,(Larry), and Gregory (Greg) ,daughter Margaret (Peg), and niece Marie who was considered family. They were also blessed with ten Grandchildren : Jesse, Rich, Robert, Dave, Daniel, Colin, Amelia, Alison, Hannah, Austin and Kelly Marie's daughter and nine Great-Grandchildren - Chris, Justin, Alex, Alyssa, Makayla, Josh, Tommy, Mila, Emmett    

As a born inventor, Jim was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Jim was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. He was employed 34 years at Interchemical, Inmont and BASF, {same company just changed names) as a Chemist. Jim always made an effort to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

     Jim was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. Always interested in his friends’ activities and interests, Jim was uncritical of his acquaintances. He was sought after by people who recognized that he was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found Jim to be very stimulating company. Vinnie Brinkman was his best friend while growing up. Denny Buell became his best friend after moving to Greenville. Denny and Jim were best friends until they passed away five (5) days apart.

      Jim's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since he was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. He became an aficionado on the Shroud of Turin.The things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that he simply couldn't’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite pursuits were Golf, Bridge reading and helping the poor.

      Jim's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served him well in sports. His recreational sports included slow-pitch softball, horseshoes and golf. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was Cardinals Baseball.

      James' talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something he did throughout his life. He enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Jim could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing his novel ideas and problem solving strategies. Throughout his later years, he was an active member of the Knights of Columbus,VFW, American Legion, Elks, and Community Unity.

      Jim was continually concerned with the status of local, national and even world affairs. His keen interest and strong values led him to become active in his community. He was a force in starting Community Unity, served as President for many years . He was also a very active member of Knights of Columbus and served as secretary for many years.

      Faith and religion were important to James. He was a active member of St. Mary's Parish for 46 years, during that time, he was a lector, member of the Board of Education, Parish Council, and anything he was asked to do. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus for over 60 years, and Community Unity since it's inception.
      With all of his talents, his ingenuity, his solutions and inventiveness, it is no surprise that James received public recognition for his competence. With the drive and ability to meet any challenge, James accumulated a long list of achievements throughout his life. Some of his most prestigious awards included Knight of the year and Family of the year for the Knights.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued James. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for James to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included Florida and the Outer Banks.

      Even while in retirement, Jim never stopped exercising his inventive talents, and this new phase of his life provided new opportunities for stimulating his interests. Jim stayed in Greenville Ohio after his retirement from BASF. In retirement, he found new pleasure in continuing with Community Unity, the Christmas drive, helping with Church activities, playing golf, playing Bridge and reading. Jim continued to stay in touch with his old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      James passed away on January 2, 2019 at Brookdale Senior Living Facility under Hospice care in Greenville Ohio. He is survived by children Jim, Peg, Larry, Greg and Marie. Services were held at St. Mary's Church, Greenville. James was laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery Greenville Ohio with his wife Alice.  During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to James. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. James was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For him, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For James Marshall Sauer, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.