MAPLETON – Winfield R. Sawyer, 90, went home to be with the Lord, May 21, 2014 at Presque Isle. He was born in Presque Isle Hospital, July 1, 1923, the son of Ivan H. and Clara (Coffin) Sawyer.
He was a graduate of Mapleton High School in 1941. Winfield was a lifetime member of the Mapleton Alumni Association. He became the third generation to farm the Sawyer family farm, farming with his father from 1943 until 1951 when he bought his own land to raise potatoes and grain as a rotation crop until 1983. After he finished farming, he worked as a crop loss adjuster for Federal Crop Insurance Company, Crop Hail Management Company and Rain & Hail LLC as lead adjuster helping farmers recover some of their losses from poor crops, retiring in 2001. Winfield loved carpentry and wood working as many of his family and church members can attest to his helping them with many of their projects over the years. He was also actively involved in the Haystack Historical Society. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour early in his life and loved the Lord with all his heart. He actively served in the Mapleton United Baptist Church for over 30 years, then at State Street Baptist Church for many years, worshiping and serving there until his death. He was respected and loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his brother, Vernon Sawyer and his wife, Marilyn of Presque Isle, by his son, Larry Sawyer of Castle Hill and his wife, Debbie, his daughter, Connie Sawyer Duchardt and her husband, Roger of Presque Isle, four grandchildren, Jennifer Sawyer Buzza and her husband, Aaron of Mapleton, Julie Sawyer Powers and her husband, Zack of Presque Isle, Christopher Duchardt and his wife, Melissa of Presque Isle, and Melinda Duchardt Corey and her husband, Brian of Presque Isle, nine great-grandchildren, Madelyn Buzza, McKenna LaFave, Kaylee Collins, Isaac Duchardt, Silas Duchardt, Alice Corey, Elizabeth Corey, Jonathan Corey, and Augustus “Gus” Powers. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Alice (MacNeill) Sawyer, and his sister, Winnifred Elaine Ashby of Texas.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014 at Duncan Graves Funeral Home, 30 Church St., Presque Isle, with Pastors Buck Booker and Mark McKeen officiating. Friends may call 1 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Southside Cemetery in Mapleton. Friends who wish may make donations in his memory to State Street Baptist Church, P.O. Box 826, Presque Isle, ME 04769 or to Cornerstone Christian Academy, P.O. Box 743, Presque Isle, ME. Artificial silk flowers or plants only, no perfumes because of family allergies please. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.duncan-graves.com