Ivan Ernest “Buz” Sawyer

Ivan Ernest “Buz” Sawyer

September 21, 1932 – December 30, 2020

Ivan Ernest “Buz” Sawyer was born on Sept. 21, 1932 in Stoneham, MA. He graduated from Malden Catholic High School, Malden, MA in 1950. He furthered his education with a degree from UNO in 1980.

Serving both in Korea and Vietnam, Ivan enlisted as a Seaman Recruit on Sept. 10, 1952, in Boston, MA advancing to Yeoman, 1st Class. In 1960 he changed his specialty to Intelligence Specialist and was commissioned as an Ensign, (Limited Duty Officer, Intelligence) on Sept. 6, 1963, at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Kenitra, Morocco. During his service he was awarded: Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, retiring on Oct. 1, 1982 at Offutt AFB as the Senior Limited Duty Officer, Intelligence, U.S. Navy, with the rank of Commander. After retirement he worked as the Manager of the Leon Myers Stamp Center at Boys Town.

Ivan married Liselotte Eder on March 2, 1957 in Paris, France. Liselotte died on May 7, 1993. He married JoAnn Zimmerman on July 15, 1994 in Ralston, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan and Thelma (Bragdon) Sawyer; daughter, Anneliese; sister, Alice Lucas; brother, William; first wife, Liselotte (Eder) Sawyer.  He is survived by his wife, JoAnn E. Sawyer; daughters, Ingrid J. Sawyer and Monique E. Sawyer-Lang (Steve); son, A. Erich Sawyer (Sherri); grandchildren: Dylan Lang, Max Lang, and Connor Sawyer; sisters, Peggy Howe and Carol Sawyer; stepsons, Kent Zimmerman (Janet) and Dan Zimmerman (Cathy); nephews and nieces; step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Tuesday, January 5th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, January 6th at 10am at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” St.  Interment: Bellevue Cemetery, with Military Honors by US Navy and Benson VFW Post 2503.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Gerald School Endowment Fund and Radio Talking Book Service.

To view live broadcasts of the Wake Service and Mass, go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Service” button on the home page.


1 Condolence

  • Wendell Bogle Posted January 3, 2021 7:06 pm

    My deepest sympathies go out to Monique, Ingrid, Erich and their families. Buz and family were always extremely kind and welcoming to me when I was a guest in their home.

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