John David Sayler was born Thursday, March 28, 1929 to Ludwig John and Helen (Nuzz) Sayler at home at Tripp, South Dakota.
John Sayler was known to many in his home town of Tripp as “Jacki Sayler” a nickname he received because he shared the same first name with his dad. As he grew to an adult, it became just “Jack.” He also had another name: “Mr. Fix It.” Jack had an eighth-grade education but that didn’t stop him from becoming a licensed electrician, mechanic and welder. He had a great talent of creating and inventing anything to work or function more efficiently. Because of all his talents he was called upon by many in the community. He had such a big heart to help anyone, that he would drop what he was doing and come to the rescue. Many a time when his place at the table was empty, was because he was out on a call.
Jack wore many different career hats, farmer and landowner, electrician for Northwestern Electric and operations manager for Commercial Asphalt in Mitchell, SD. This job not only required all of his skills, it required much dedication as the hours were early and long.
Jack enjoyed his early retirement days by gardening and morning and afternoon coffee breaks with the guys. Ask anyone what they remember the most about Jack and they will tell you about his gift of storytelling and always a joke, ALWAYS a joke. He had a big boisterous laugh!!
He was known by his family as dad, gramps, papa, old man and the most important names, “bike riding specialist” and “drivers education instructor.” Everyone learned the basics from dad or grandpa Jack.
John married Noma Jennie Walker Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1952 in Olivet. He was a dedicated husband of 68 years. He would often say, “I was never really happy until I got married.” He was very proud of his kids and grandchildren.
The onset of dementia in his late 60s robbed him of using his gifts and he struggled with staying occupied. He and Noma moved to Rapid City to be near his daughter Jeanice and her husband DeWayne. They enjoyed the visits of son Roger and his wife Lynn. Jack and Noma enjoyed a couple of years in an apartment together before Jack entered a nursing home. This is where his life ended and he went to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the age of 91.
John is survived by his wife Noma of Rapid City; son Roger (Lynn) Sayler of Sioux Falls; daughter Jeanice (DeWayne) Raad of Rapid City; grandchildren Demetria Glader, Alyssia Strum and Tyler Raad; great grandchildren Aubrey and Natalie Strum, Eli and Lily Glader and Oliver Raad.
John was preceded in death by his parents.