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Cleveland Robert Sawyers

August 16, 1942 ~ January 29, 2018 (age 75)
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CLEVELAND  SAWYERS

   Cleveland Robert Sawyers, 75, of Plainville, Illinois, passed away at 12:12 p.m. Monday (January 29, 2018) in Blessing Hospital.

   Born August 16, 1942 in Marked Tree, Arkansas, Cleveland was the son of Cleveland Peter and Shirley M. Clouse Sawyer.  He married Mary Ellen Leezy on February 9, 1968 in Pittsfield, Illinois.  She survives.

   At the age of 16, Cleveland received his mother's permission and enlisted in the U. S. Army and proudly served his country for 10 years.  During his service, Cleveland was with the 101st Airborne as a paratrooper and later with the Military Police. His deployments included Okinawa, Korea and 2 tours of duty in Vietnam. Cleveland was honorably discharged on March 28, 1967. 

   Following his discharge, Cleveland graduated from the school of Horology at Gem City Business College and worked for 17 years as a Certified Horologist at Sturhahn Jewelers. During that time he also served as a deputy with the Special Response Team with the Adams County Sheriff's Department.  He moved to Largo, Florida where he received his Associate Degree in Mathmatics from Pinellas Technical College and became an engineer with Honeywell Corporation and worked as a contractor to the U. S. Air Force on the MX missle guidance systems. In 1992, Cleveland moved back to the Quincy area and became an over the road driver for Sharkey Transportation and then was a supervisor at Titan Wheel for 18 years, retiring in 2015.

   Cleveland was known as a person who could do anything or fix anything. He was an accomplished artist, creating drawings for Walt Disney as well as being a tatoo artist. He was a locksmith and had a passion for building and fixing computers.  He loved solving various kinds of puzzles, and enjoyed building and flying remote control planes.  Cleveland's greatest joy came in spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Cleveland was a former member of the Quincy JayCees and the Kiwanis Club. He was awarded the Robert P. Connelly Medal for Heroism in 1974 for saving three people from a burning house.

   Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen; three children, Robin Kennedy (Dewitt) of Largo, FL, Cleveland "Butch" Sawyers II of Plainville, IL and Rod Sawyers (Tiffiny) of Payson, IL; eight grandchildren, Amber Sawyers (Dodge Gille), Michael Sawyers, Anthony Sawyers, Randy Seay, Tyler James, Crystal Kennedy, Mackenzie Sawyers and Logan Sawyers; four great grandchildren, Jade Nicole Clayton, Trey Gille, Dakota Gille and Lainey  Gille; two brothers, Tony Loyd (Kim) of Mesa, AZ and Billie Joe Ramsey (Liz) of Colorado; five sisters, Pauline Featherston of Quincy, Betty Blaze of Baldwin, GA, Nancy Young of Beardstown, IL, Evelyn Havlen of Baldwin, GA and Emily Dunlap of Quincy; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   Cleveland was preceded in death by his parents; his step father, "Red" Ramsey; a brother, Jimmy Dean Ramsey; and two sisters, Mary Jo Hull and an infant, Nellie Jo Ramsey.

   Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy with Major Andy Miller officiating.  Burial with Military Honors by the Payson V. F. W. Post 2061 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Honors Detail will be in Shiloh Cemetery near Plainville.

   Visitation will be Friday evening from 4:00 to  7:00 and Saturday morning from 10:00 until the time of services at the funeral home in Quincy.

   Memorials may be made to Mary Ellen Sawyers for the grandchildren.  

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