James A. ‘Jim’ Sauers Sr.
James A. “Jim” Sauers Sr., with instruments polished and tuned and voice restored, Jim is with his Lord and Savior, declared cancer free and playing his favorite Hymns in heaven.
With his family and loving wife by his side, God, fulfilling his promise of everlasting life, called him home Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.
Nov. 30, 1933, Jim was born in Williamsport to John and Mildred (Bastian) Sauers, the sixth of seven children. He attended Williamsport High School.
Growing up in Newberry, Jim was thrilled when he was old enough to tag along with his three older brothers, climbing cliffs, daredevil sledding, swimming and creating havoc for his mother letting creatures loose in the house. His passion for working on cars started when he was promoted to “Tool Chaser” by his brothers, where his true talent and abilities were developed and realized. Jim then began his love of racing when he climbed into his first “Jalopy” at age 12 and stock car racing followed. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved Little League Baseball. He played on the Original Little League field under Carl Stotz from 1943 to 1946. He followed every playoff and championship game of Little League throughout his life. Jim played softball in the Lower East Lycoming Softball League with his sons and son-in-laws, taking great pleasure in coaching and managing. After he retired from play, his love of the sport continued by sponsoring Little League and softball teams in the Williamsport area.
In 1952 Jim met the love of his life, Mary Ann Kohler and they married Oct. 10, 1953. Together, side by side and hand in hand, they raised eight children, took on everyday challenges and faced the ups and downs of life. This strengthened their love for one another each and every day. It was a special unbreakable bond and one that lasted 63 years.
Jim entered the Army in 1954, served in Germany, and was released from active duty in 1955, and discharged from stand-by in 1963. He was a member of the Montoursville American Legion Post 104 and donated generously through the years to Wounded Warriors. His love of mechanics and working on cars led him to jobs at various automotive repair shops in the area. With great faith and pride, he founded and opened the doors to Tiremasters in 1985, currently still family owned and operated by the second and third generations.
When Jim accepted Christ as his Savior in 1962, music greatly impacted his life. He was a self-taught guitarist, harmonica player and dabbled with the Omni board. One by one his children joined him in learning different instruments and singing along. Many evenings were spent together as a family singing and practicing. He shared his passion of the Gospel through his music for many decades and many venues. Singing and playing with his daughters was a highlight of his life and one he cherished daily.
Jim was a quiet man of sorts, but when he spoke, you listened with interest. You never left a visit without learning or having something to ponder. He had a great sense of humor, witty and quick with a “one-liner” that would leave you laughing for quite some time. If you asked him what he cherished most in life, he would tell you: God, family and music, in that order. Jim was attending Buchanan Baptist Church. He felt it wasn’t about the “religion” but a “relationship” with the Lord. His unconditional love, respect and forgiveness, which he practiced daily throughout his life, is his legacy to his family.
Jim’s life was quite a journey, especially the last two years, when we all gathered to celebrate another month together. He relished these times and would lose himself in the chatter and laughter.
Camping was a ritual during the summer and the family visited many states in the West. After retiring, Jim and Mary loved taking their motorhome to Florida and spending winters there with their special friends. He loved being outdoors, planting and nurturing his small garden, and watching things grow. He tended his rose bushes painstakingly and produced some unbelievable, colorful flowers.
Jim is survived by his wife, Mary; sister, Shirley Yaw; and his six daughters and two sons, Yvonne (Mel) Bower and Amy (Dan) Hartzell, of Watsontown, Pamela Sauers, of Hobe Sound, Fla., Kathy (Robert) Foust, of Montoursville, Denise (Lynn) Barner, of Williamsport, Michelle (Wayne) Elliot, of McEwensville, Mark (Lori), of Washington state and James A. Jr. (Kimberly), of Williamsport. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Jim was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Clyde, Edgar; sisters, Ruth Lukens, Betty Fillman; and granddaughter, Mary Ellen Bower.
A viewing will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at Sanders Mortuary, 821 Diamond St., Williamsport. A funeral service to honor the life of Jim will follow the visitation on Wednesday. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to, Buchanan Baptist Church, 3240 Grimesville Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.
“A day is never over when a memory is left behind.”
Thank You Jim, Husband, Father, Pap Pap, and Friend. Thank you for the memories!
Arrangements entrusted to Sanders Mortuary.