The Norman Transcript


June 12, 2012

Joseph John Sauer

NORMAN — Joseph “John” Sauer, 76, went to his heavenly home Saturday, June 9, 2012.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 14, in the Chapel of the Havenbrook Funeral Home with the Rev. Cal Brannon officiating. Interment will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery of Norman. There will be a luncheon for family and friends in Havenbrook Event Center after the service. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Havenbrook Funeral Home. Arrangements are by Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman.

He was born May 21, 1936, in Dewey to Joseph and Inez Sauer. John graduated from Dewey High School in Dewey in 1954. He later enrolled at the University of Oklahoma obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration on May 31, 1959.

After his gradution from OU, John joined the U.S. Air Force in 1959 and served in Vietnam, Korea, Scotland, France, Greece and England. He was a staff management officer and a supply operations officer during this time. During his enlistment, John enrolled in Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., obtaining a Master of Arts degree in 1976. He later retired from the Air Force in 1979 with the rank of major.

After his service in the Air Force he moved to Austin, Texas, and started a second career in the residential real estate business. After retiring from the real estate business, he moved back to Norman, and his alma mater. John was an avid OU football and basketball fan, a life-time member of the NRA and had just been given a life-time membership in the Amateur Ham Radio Club of Norman. He also loved old western and military movies and was a collector.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Gilliland.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; stepdaughter, Traci Atchison; and sister-in-law, Sandy Madden all of the home; two nieces, Brenda Remington and family of Dewey, and Lisa Minor and family of South Coffeyville; a nephew, Steve Gilliland and family of Sapulpa; and his canine baby girls, Blu, Sheila and Fancy of the home.

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Norman Transcript, Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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