Age 88, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. He was born August 11, 1927, in Lansing, MI, to Emory and Fern (Boyce) Sawyer. Alan was a lifelong resident of Lansing. Upon graduation from Eastern High School, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as an electronics technician during WWII. He was recalled to serve his country again during the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Oriskiny. Between his navy tours of service, Alan attended Michigan State University, where he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering. This led to his employment at General Motors Oldsmobile Division in the Plant Engineering Department for 35 years (and as Alan always added, “20% overtime”). Upon his retirement in 1985, Alan and his wife, Marian, became world travelers. They enjoyed going on cruises and tours to Europe, the Caribbean and within the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Alan loved golf and bowling and was very proud of his 299 and 300 rings (which he obtained at the age of 80), his 298 watch and 26 trophies. He enjoyed having a cottage on Houghton Lake for many years where he did a lot of boating (he built his own boat), fishing, waterskiing, motorcycling and snowmobiling. Alan was an avid sports fan and never missed an opportunity to watch his alma mater, MSU, play.
Surviving are: his beloved wife of 60 years, Marian; his 5 children, Gail, Gary, Gregg (Sandy), Glenn and Geannine; 10 grandchildren, Matthew, Robert (U.S. Navy) (Allison), Jennifer, Haley, Tyler, Gabriel (U.S. Army) (Lisa), Jeremy, Brandon, Dylan and Ethan; 3 great-grandchildren, Robert Jr., Dale and Isabella; and friend, Patrick.
Private services for the family have been held. Marian encourages everyone to give your loved ones a hug and tell them you love them.