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Herbert I. Sauer
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1910
West Alexandria
Preble County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 2010
Boone County
Missouri, USA

Obituary, The Columbia Daily Tribune, September 19, 2010:

Herbert I. Sauer, 100, of Columbia passed away Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Lenoir Woods Healthcare Center. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Lenoir Chapel, with the Rev. Sally Robinson and the Rev. Melvin West officiating. Visitation will be at the chapel, following the services.

Herb was born June 13, 1910, on the family farm in West Alexandria, Ohio, the son of Irvin and Lucy (Pontius) Sauer. At the age of 5, he suffered a devastating injury when a faulty windmill fell on him and broke his left leg in multiple places. Herb spent months in the hospital and often recalled his father bringing him home on a stretcher in the baggage car of a trolley.

Herb was valedictorian of his high school class and won special awards for math and social studies. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he graduated with distinction with a degree in philosophy from Ohio State University and then pursued a career in public health. His career included travels throughout the United States with the Tuberculosis Program of the U.S. Public Health Service. Later, he served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1943. Subsequently, Herb conducted pioneering research in geographic differences in the cause of death with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and later, The University of Missouri. He was proud to have been able to work in 46 of the contiguous 48 states. During his working career he pursued graduate studies at several universities, including Stanford, and received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Missouri. He had been a resident of Columbia for 48 years.

Herb was a forerunner in understanding the role of diet and exercise as risk factors for heart disease, and as a result, changed his own habits in the early 1960s. He avoided red meat consumption, increased fish intake and reduced saturated fats in his diet. He rode a bicycle (a basic single-speed balloon tire bike) to work daily in order to get more exercise up a steep hill along a small highway. His photo appeared in the local newspaper, because at that time it was an odd sight to see a grown man riding a bike. Even after nominal retirement, he and his staff continued his research and publication, well into his 80s.

Some of his many publications are readily available on the Internet, some dating as far back as 1938.

On Sept. 3, 1946, he married E. Doris Johnson in Euclid, Ohio. Together they raised two children, Charles and Lucy. Doris, a dedicated public health nurse and instructor, passed away Feb. 21, 1996. His older brother, Ray, stayed on the family farm until his death at age 89, and his "baby" brother, Hugh, continues to live not far from that farm approaching the age of 95.

In addition to Hugh, Herb is survived by son Charles and his wife Caroline; granddaughter Elizabeth and great-granddaughter April Rose, of Austin, Texas; his daughter, Lucy, granddaughter Hannah, and Hannah's father, Pratt, of Little Rock, Ark.; nephew Tim; and nieces Victoria and Kathy.

The family is particularly grateful for decades of friendship and guidance from Mel and Barbara West, for the caring support of the staff at Lenoir Woods, and loving friendship from his caretakers at Home Instead.

Most recently, Herb was a member of New Horizons United Methodist Church. Previously, he and Doris were members of Community United Methodist Church.

Herb and Doris pursued a shared passion for their church, for peace efforts and for humanitarian causes, both domestic and worldwide.

Their accomplishments range from helping establish the Columbia Visiting Nurses Association to funding housing projects in rural Nicaragua.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the PET project ( and/or Rainbow Network (

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  Irvin Lewis Sauer (1875 - 1955)
  Lucy N. Pontius Sauer (1877 - 1958)
  Ray Sauer (1907 - 1997)*
  Herbert I. Sauer (1910 - 2010)
  Hugh C. Sauer (1915 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Thanks very much to FAG Member, Digger4Genealogy, for providing relationship links to parents.
Created by: Kathy Margrave
Record added: Sep 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58949683

- Marsha Williams Byrd of Missouri
 Added: Aug. 9, 2011
Thank you for your service.
- Kathy Margrave
 Added: Sep. 20, 2010

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