Funeral services were held on Monday, March 10, at 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan Sayler officiated and burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee. There was a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church on Monday. Visitation was held on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family request that memorials be made to the Memorial Presbyterian Church.
David was born on July 10, 1919 at Des Moines, to Herbert A. & Ethel (Loomis) Sayre. He graduated from Ames High School in 1937. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa in 1941 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa in December of 1942. He enlisted in the U.S Army Air Corps in 1942.He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant as a Communications Officer. He served on active duty with the 303rd Airborne Squadron, mostly in the South Pacific, New Guinea, Polynesia, and Korea; also serving as a Judge Advocate in Seoul, Korea before returning to the U.S. in 1946. He taught at the College of Law at the University of Chicago for one year; coming to Cherokee in 1947. He joined Lew McDonald in the practice of Law in Cherokee in 1947, later with Jim McDonald, and then with George Wittgraf and Dan Meloy, retiring in 1997 after practicing for over 50 years.
He was married to Betty Evans on Aug. 7, 1943 at Spokane, Wash. He was very active in community affairs. He was a member and Elder of the Memorial Presbyterian Church, served as treasurer of the Presbyterian Camp, a 50 year member of Speculative Lodge #307 A.F.& A.M., the York Rite and Scottish Rite bodies the Abu-Bekr Shrine Temple, and the Shrine Brass Band. He was a member of the Iowa State and Cherokee County Bar Association, served on the tax committee of the Iowa Bar Association for 37 years, chairing it for over two years, served on the Iowa Supreme Court Grievance Commission and the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association, the Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. He was active in promoting economic development for Cherokee, receiving special recognition in this area. David was named Cherokee Citizen of the year in 1997. He had served many years as a director of the Central Trust & Savings Bank.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty on Feb. 22, 1995, and his sister Laura Shadle.
He is survived by a daughter Mary Ellen Hurd and her husband Dr. Marvin Hurd of West Des Moines and grandchildren: Mary Griffin and her husband Kyle of Springfield, Mo. and great grandchildren, Noelle and Nicholas Griffin, Ruth Ann Hurd of Utsunomiya, Japan, Elizabeth Balder and her husband Nathan of Ida Grove and great-grandson due in April, David Hurd and his wife Danielle; a daughter Jane Sayre of Oskaloosa; a daughter Patty Howard of Cedar Rapids and grandchildren: Laura of Iowa City, Nathan and his fiancÚ of Minneapolis, Minn. and Steven of San Francisco, Calif.; a son John Sayre and his wife Linda of Columbia, Md., and grandchildren Patrick of College Park, Md. and David of Columbia, Md.