November 13, 1947 ‒ October 18, 2013
BUTLER: Laughter means: taking a mischievous delight in someone else’s uneasiness, but with a good conscience. Playful and ornery, Joe Sawdey laughed often, sometimes at another’s expense, but always in good spirit.
Raymond Joseph “Joe” Sawdey passed away Friday morning, October 18, 2013 in MedCentral Shelby Hospital following a short illness. He was 65.
Joe was born November 13, 1947 in Butler, the son of Raymond Frank and Rosalie (Thompson) Sawdey and was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1965.
Joe worked 20 years at Ideal Electric as a welder, retiring in May of 2012.
An avid golfer, Joe played on several leagues including both the mixed couples’ league and men’s league at Pleasant Hill Golf Course. He also enjoyed hunting deer, rabbit, and especially raccoon with his hunting dogs.
Funny and amusing with a twinkle in his eye, Joe could make anyone smile. He enjoyed teasing, and was known to pull quarters right out of a child’s ear on many occasions.
He is survived by his loving wife Kim (Thompson) Sawdey, whom he married February 22, 2002; two daughters Joela Sawdey and Laurie Kershner both of Bellville; step children Tiffeny and Jacob Sims of Mansfield, Jacob and Casey Rush, and John and Peggy Rush all of Mansfield; a granddaughter Jolene Sawdey, eight step grandchildren Haley, Jacob, Xavier, Jennifer, Khole, Kameron, Shyann, and Richmond; a brother-in-law Bill Waits of Butler, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Gary and Susan Thompson of Mansfield, tons of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and extended family members.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his pride and son Harry Richmond Rush, a sister Raylene Waits, brothers-in-law Rick and Victor Thompson.
Friends may call Monday, October 21, 2013 from 1-5 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will follow at 5 pm. Pastor Kathleen Adams will officiate.
Memorial contributions to the Harry Rush Benefit Fund may be made at the funeral home or through Richland Bank.
Private expressions of sympathy made be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.