Rev. Giard “Gi” Sayre, Jr., (Retired), 89, of Washington, Pa. and formerly of Claysville, Pa., passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018 in the Washington Hospital.
Born January 21,1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was a son of the late Giard Martin and Mildred May Jones Sayre and had resided in Clarion County and Monroeville area prior to moving to Claysville.
Rev. Sayre was a 1948 graduate of Westinghouse High School and later attended Boston University Seminary.
He served the United Methodist Church for over 30 years prior to retiring in 1994. He served the following United Methodist churches in the Western Pennsylvania Conference: St. Charles, Widnoon, Putneyville and Claysville (1968-1984) Johnstown and West Newton. Following his retirement, he served as Interim Pastor for Amity, Bentleyville and West Washington Methodist Churches in Pa., and Grifton United Methodist Church in N. Carolina.
Rev. Sayre was a veteran of the Korean War where he served with the U.S. Army. He was a life member of the Claysville American Legion Post 639 and a member of the V.F.W. Post 4062 in Grifton, NC.
Rev. Sayre was a 69-year member of the Mason’s (Blue Lodge) and a 32nd degree member of the consistory, a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge 1107 in Brushton, Pa., and the Order of the Arrow and First-Class Scout and former Pack Master.
He was a former substitute teacher and bus driver in the McGuffey School District. He also enjoyed photography, reading and flower gardening.
On February 21, 1952 he married Alice Mae Cain who survives.
Also surviving are his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren; Linda (Robert) Miller and their family, Patrick (Ju-Yeon), Lillian, Logan and Michael Miller; Debby (Richard) Clutter and their family, Rachele and Matthew Clutter; Barb (Doug) May and their family, Erika (Jeremy) Avri, Abbi and Audri Dressback, Sondra (Marc) and daughter Maya Fatigati; Kathy (David) Johnson and their family, Jennifer (Andy) and daughter, Ava Chumney, Christian Johnson, Daniel, Alexandria, Wyatt and Rebekah Johnson; Marten (Sheree) and son Andy Sayre; Peggy (Mike) Teagarden and their family, Jay (Janine), Jason, Jonah and Joe (Marla) Teagarden; Nancy Riggle and Clyde Thompson; a brother, John (Barbara) Sayre and their family, Susan Robb and Jeffrey Sayre, residing in FL.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Zachery Riggle and Chelsey Poleski.
At the request of the deceased there will be no public visitation. Friends and family were invited to attend a funeral service on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 4 P.M. in the Claysville United Methodist Church. Private burial will full military honors was to be at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Claysville United Methodist Church, 1257 Route 40W Claysville, PA 15323, Claysville V.F.D., PO Box 435 Claysville, PA 15323 or the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies,1158 Morgan Rd. Bridgeville, PA 15017.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kesterson-Rush Funeral Home, LLC., 3275 W. Roy Furman Hwy., Rogersville, Pa. 15359. Phone: 724-499-5181. Please view and sign the online tribute wall at kestersonfh.com.