Life began for Ronald Sawyer 77 years ago, on March 13, 1936 in Key West, Fla. He was raised between Key West and Cudjoe Key. His hunting and fishing experiences earned him the nickname "Quincy."
After a short time at University of Florida, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard. Following basic training, the balance of his military career was spent on a ship at Port Arthur, Texas. This felt like home to him, as he was at sea near the familiar sight of shrimp boats.
He worked for BellSouth as an installer, starting in January 1960 and ending with retirement 24 years later. For years after retirement, Ronald had his own phone repair service.
In 1960, Ronald and Louise Johnson were married. They have two children, Richard (Anne) Sawyer and Deborah (Bobby) Frederick. Jenna (Joe) Tuttle is his special granddaughter. Ronald's parents, Ross and Jeannette Sawyer, joined our Lord some time ago. He is survived by his brother Robert (Norma) Sawyer, sister-in-law Janet (Ray) Filer and numerous extended family.
He was an active member of the Old Koots breakfast club and leaves behind many loving friends.
Ronald took pride in his hard work in Cudjoe Key, where he and his wife built several homes. One of his great successes was the development of a subdivision near the gulf in Big Pine. He was no stranger to hard work and dedication but after a short courageous battle with cancer he was called home to our Lord with his family by his side. He will be forever missed by family and friends. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Florida Keys.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Dean-Lopez Funeral Home 418 Simonton St. Key West. Burial in Key West City Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 until service time at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. The Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.