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SAYRE, Charles Millard Chuck
SAYRE, Charles "Chuck" Millard Born January 20, 1938, in Van Nuys, Calif., to Francis & Ada Mae (Shorty & Babe) Sayre, died April 16, 2015, in his sleep at home from complications of heart disease and diabetes. Chuck's family later moved to Lancaster, Calif., following World War II and settled on the farm on the Eastside of Antelope Valley at Lancaster, Calif. The family remained there until Chuck moved to Washington in 1971. Chuck was active in multiple venues while growing up; 4-H, Boy Scouts, FFA, school sports, and in his high school years he took a turn at street racing and SK-boat racing. He later raised registered Angus cattle and had a show string on the circuit for many years, obtaining many champion and reserve champion ribbons and trophies. Chuck was a great mentor to the 4-H and FFA youth with his cattle. He often provided a steer those who could not afford it with the understanding that they feed it his way and he would take payment when the steer was sold at the end of the fair. Never was he stiffed for the payment. In 1971 Chuck moved to Pasco, Wash., with the vision of starting over and breaking ties with the past. He purchased a farm in Franklin County and has been there ever since. He asked his cousin, Barb, to find him a summer housekeeper and babysitter for his two small children. That is where he met Flo, his soon to be new wife. They were married June 16, 1972 in Tonapah, Nev., in the presence of a few close friends. Chuck and Flo have been married for over 42 years, farming side-by-side in good times and bad. Chuck was also an innovator in agriculture. He experimented with new crops, plant nutrition, and even created a mechanical asparagus harvester to minimize labor costs. He was never afraid to experiment or to modernize something on a piece of equipment in order to improve the farm or the agricultural industry. They sold the farm a few years ago, but remained close to their roots by retaining the family home and their collections. In 1996, Chuck had open heart surgery and his doctor told him to get a serious hobby or he "would lay down and die." That is when he started collecting cast iron implement seats (tractor seats as folks refer to them) and vintage John Deere 2-cylinder tractors commonly referred to as 'Johnny Poppers'. He since has amassed a substantial collection of both, as well as John Deere toys and other historic farm-related items. Folks from the early days of farming in the Basin often stop by swap tell stories about the tough days farming with those implements. And Chuck welcomed anyone who wanted to stop by or who had questions about the collections or specific pieces. He often participated in tractor parades with one of the Johnny Poppers. That always brought smiles and warm memories to bystanders, especially those who recognized the distinctive sound. In later years Chuck took up wood working and found a passion in woodturning. He was a perfectionist, which helped him create some very beautiful pieces. This passion led to many distinctive gifts being passed on to most anyone who admired his work. Chuck was preceded in Heaven by his parents, Francis and Ada Mae Sayre and his brother-in-law, Ray Logan. He is survived by his wife, Florence "Flo" (Ketchersid) Sayre; sister, Donna Logan, LaQuinta, Calif.; children, son, Donn Sayre, Chehalis, Wash.; daughters, Stephanie Sayre, Tacoma, Wash.; Chelle (Ches) Phillips, Jodee (Justin) Merriman, Lenexa, Kan.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition, he is mourned by a great number of dear friends and extended family. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Country Christian Center, 5500 W. Sagemoor Road, Pasco, WA on Saturday, April 25, 2015. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his memory to one of the following: Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 624 N Arthur, Kennewick, WA 99336; The Cast Iron Seat Collectors Assn, 40874 231st Ave, LeCenter, MN 56057; or to the Central Washington Antique Farm Equipment Assn., PO Box 9711, Yakima, WA 98903.

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