James Phillip Sawyer, 95, of New Wilmington passed away the morning of Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Shenango Presbyterian SeniorCare.
Born in Darlington on June 22, 1921, he was a son to Benjamin Clark and Anna Arnold Sawyer.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Virginia Kroen Sawyer, on Feb. 28, 1995. Subsequently, he married Nancy Rosen, who survives him at the Shenango home.
Mr. Sawyer earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Geneva College and then did post graduate work at Notre Dame University.
He was employed as a ceramic engineer with Shenango China/Interpace Corp. from 1962 until his retirement in 1988. Previous employers included Wellsville China Company (Wellsville, Ohio) and Jackson China (DuBois, Pennsylvania).
He served his country as a Navy officer during World War II (1943 to 1946) and the Korean War (1951 to 1953). While serving in World War II on USS ISM81 ship, he crossed the equator twice, thus belonging to The Sacred Order of the Golden Dragon and The Ancient Order of the Deep.
He served on the board of directors at Penn State Central (DuBois), Jameson Memorial Hospital and First National Bank of Lawrence County, served as campaign chair for United Way, was president of American Fine China Guild and American Restaurant China Council, was a member of the Youngstown Club, the Lawrence Club and the New Castle Country Club, and designed and manufactured china for the White House under the Johnson administration.
As a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, he served as an elder.
Besides his wife, survivors include two daughters, Cynthia A. (Bob) Wheeling of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Deborah S. (Jeff) Roud of New Castle; two sons, J. Thomas (Tish) Sawyer of Spokane, Washington, and Phillip N. (fiancee Cecilia Ryan) Sawyer of New Castle; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife, Virginia.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with his nephew, the Rev. Clark Sawyer, officiating.
Burial will take place in Seceder UP Cemetery in Darlington.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Sawyer's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1100 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Online condolences or memories may be viewed and shared with the family by visiting www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on May 31, 2017