Samuel E. "Sam" Sayre, age 70, of Wooster, entered into rest to be with his Lord and Savior, Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Aultman Hospital in Canton following an unexpected illness.
He was born on October 13, 1950 in Millersburg, Ohio to Harold E. and Arietta (Stroh) Sayre. He grew up in the Smithville area and has been a Wayne County resident for all of his life.
After graduating from Smithville High School in 1969, he attended Kent State University where he graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education.
He married Susan E. Beichler on January 26, 1974 at Smithville United Methodist Church in Smithville. She survives.
Sam started teaching and coaching at Waynedale High School in Apple Creek and then later at Smithville High School.
In 1981, he became owner/operator of the Golden Bear Dairyette in Apple Creek.
Nearly 38 years ago, Sam and his wife Sue, started Sam's Pizza in 1983, in Smithville with a passion for serving good food and making people happy. Through their endeavors, together with their family, and with the help of countless others, they were able to achieve that modest goal and so much more!
If you have ever enjoyed dinner at Sam's Pizza, or food from Village Catering, or possibly a meal at Greystone Event Center - then you, without question tasted and saw the fruit of his labor. Sam was so passionate about his food, that he studied and worked on improvements constantly. He left us so much knowledge and wisdom, that will be seen for years to come.
More than his professional career, his real legacy is his impact he left on his family and countless members of the community.
Sam coached for over 40 years in one form or another, he mentored many, he helped in the youth programs at church where his kids were younger, and he and Sue have always been quite generous people behind the scenes of many organizations and projects.
He is survived by his children, Jennifer Sayre and Brian (Amber) Sayre all of Smithville; his 2 grandchildren, Emma and Nickolas Sayre; a brother, Mike Sayre of Navarre; sisters & brother-in-laws, Deb (Ron) Leach of Wooster, Shari (Dennis) Indermuhle of Sterling and brother & sister-in-laws, Mike (Brenda) Beichler of Wooster and Tom (Ronel) Beichler of Orrville; and a host of other family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by father and mother in law, Carl (Joanne) Beichler and a nephew, Bryce Indermuhle.
His family was blessed to have time with him at his final moments. He shared with them that he had lived a great life, that as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, he knew that it was well with his soul, and he knew that his family was right with Jesus too, and that they were going to be ok. He was at peace!
What a guy, what a father, what a husband, what a grandfather, what a brother, what a coach, what a boss...we will forever miss you Sam!!!!
A public visitation will take place on Monday, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Greystone Event Center, 50 Riffel Rd., in Wooster. Due to the public health concerns with COVID 19, everyone is required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Thank you.
A private service will then take place on Tuesday at the convenience of the family. Burial will be at Smithville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to: The Zach Souers Giving Hope Fund, c/o The Village Network, 2000 Noble Dr., Wooster, Ohio 44691 or at https://the villagenetwork.org/givinghope/.
Words of private or public condolences may be shared with the family at: www.custerglenn.com.
Custer-Glenn Funeral Home in Wooster is honored with serving the family.