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Mr. Rufus Saylor, Jr.

Obituary for Mr. Rufus Saylor, Jr.

January 13, 1926 - November 5, 2018
Franklin, Indiana | Age 92


Rufus Saylor Jr, 92, died November 5, 2018, at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. He was the beloved husband of Verna (Van Winkle) Saylor, with whom he shared 71 years of marriage. He was born in Leslie County, Kentucky, on January 13, 1926, to Rufus and Lottie (Wilson) Saylor. Following the death of his father in 1932, he spent the remainder of his childhood at the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a World War II veteran, having entered the United States Marine Corps in 1943, at age 17. He served proudly in the Pacific Theatre until 1946, when he returned to Kentucky to complete his high school studies at Berea College. While at Berea, he met his future wife, Verna. They were married in 1947. Rufus earned a B.A. from Earlham College in 1952, and later, a Master's in Education from Ball State Teacher's College (now Ball State University). He worked in the education field, serving as a teacher and administrator in school districts in Florida, Ohio, and Indiana. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hiking, fishing, and camping. He loved sharing these activities with his family. He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Janis (Bob) Shuman of Arizona, two sons, Dr. Randel (Joan) Saylor, of Texas, and Valyn (Janice) Saylor of Indiana, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Private burial services followed by military honors will take place at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Those wishing may send memorials to the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, or to a charity of their choice.

Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory-Greenwood Chapel have been entrusted with arrangements.

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