AITKIN -- James W. Sayre, 86, Aitkin, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
He was born Aug. 3, 1915, in Cambridge Springs, Pa., to James Frank and Grace (Wilcox) Sayre. He grew up in Princeton and Montclair, N.J. He graduated from Princeton University with a B.S. degree and then attended Montclair State University and received his M.A.
He had taught at Pillsbury Military Academy, Peekskill Military Academy, New York Institute for the Education of the Blind and Culver Military Academy. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater and Japan.
Sayre joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1942 with assignments in Lebanon, Iran, Thailand and Laos. After his retirement, he moved in 1975 to Aitkin where he spent 10 more years working for the CIA in the Upper Midwest.
He married Elaine M. Fink on Nov. 20, 1940, in Owatonna. He was an Eagle Scout and former Boy Scout Leader. He received awards for service to his country from the CIA, along with an award from the government of Thailand.
He was involved with the Barbershop Quartet in Aitkin, directed and sang in choirs and sang in the annual production of the "Messiah" in Aitkin. He was instrumental in starting the Heifer Project International at Aitkin United Methodist Church where he was a member.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Elizabeth Gray, DuBois, Penn., Pamela Pickford, St. Augustine, Fla., and Stephanie Gray, Virginia; a son, James L. Sayre, Newport, Wash.; a brother, Bernard Sayre, Cumberland Island, Ga.; a sister, Jane Eddy, Plattsburg, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Kathleen Watkins, and his parents died earlier.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Aitkin United Methodist Church in Aitkin with the Rev. Mark Marston officiating. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Aitkin in the spring.
Friends may call one hour before services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heifer Project, the Aitkin United Methodist Church or the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.
Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson in Aitkin.
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