LINNEUS – Gary Sawyer, 68, died March 31, 2014, in Houlton. He was born Jan. 16, 1946, in Houlton, the son of Clyde and Bessie (McLean) Sawyer.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from Nov. 19, 1964, to Sept. 7, 1972, serving two tours in Vietnam where he received three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star with valor, and several other achievements and awards. He was also a member of the Army National Guard from Oct. 28, 1983, to June 11, 1990.
He is survived by wife, Linda of Linneus; seven children, Melissa Sawyer of Linneus, Betsy Sawyer and son-in-law, Joe Buzzeo of Buxton, Heather Sewell of Houlton, Vicki Sawyer and son-in-law, Thom Goodall of Littleton, Gary “Beau” Sawyer Jr. and Todd White of E. Windsor, N.J., and Heidi and son-in-law, Mark Lake of Stacyville; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Brenda Swimm of Houlton; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Les; his parents; five brothers, Carl, Paul, Hershel, Harold, and Kenneth; and a sister, Dolores.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, and 10-11 a.m. Friday, at Bowers Funeral Home, 10 Water St., Houlton, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Steve Straubel officiating. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in Gary’s memory, care of Bowers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 579, Houlton ME 04730. For an online memory book and to leave condolences please visit