Karl Elwyn Sauer Sr.


Karl Elwyn Sauer Sr., of Fairdale, WV, passed away unexpectedly on July 8, 2019.
Karl was born on September 6, 1949 in Guatanamo Bay, Cuba.
He will be best remembered for the love and dedication he showed his family and friends. He had a personality that was unique, infectious and could never be replicated.
Karl served in the US Navy and was a proud Vietnam Veteran who received the purple heart prior to an honorable discharge.
Karl is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Penny Sauer; sister Kylene Sauer of Vinton, VA; daughter Amanda Jeffries of Sophia; daughter Emily Cales and her husband Zach of Daniels; step son Bozie Fox of Berkley Springs; grandchildren Makaylah Jeffries, Khloeigh Brown, Destiny Fox, Kolton Sauer, Brinlee Cales, Jaycee Cales, & Christian Fox.
He is preceded in death by his son Karl Sauer Jr, step son Shawn Fox, parents Carl and Lue Alta Sauer and Roy and Violet Fanning.
Services will be in the Melton Mortuary Chapel on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 12-2 PM for friends and family.
To plant a tree in memory of Karl Elwyn Sauer Sr., please visit Tribute Store.
Published on July 11, 2019
Plant a tree in memory
of Karl
Plant a tree

Obituary published in


Print Guestbook

A place to share condolences and memories.

Share your condolences and special memories.
The guestbook expires on October 09, 2019.

17 posts

Harry c Krug Jr CYN3 aboard NN from 66-70
Aug 12, 2019
My condolences to the family on the passing of your loved one Karl Elywn Sauer Sr.⚓️⚓️⚓️🙏
Sharon Schwartz (Sauer)
Jul 25, 2019
I am Karl's cousin from Washington state. I have wonderful memories of Karl visiting Idaho when we were kids. His father and my father (Adam) are brothers. We loved having Uncle Karl, Aunt Ann and our cousins visit. My heart goes out to all of you grieving his passing. I hadn't seen him in years but will cherish my memories of him. Love, Sharon Schwartz (Sauer)
Barry G Hoyte GMCS
Jul 20, 2019
Shipmates forever, I will meet you at the big reunion, we always be brothers you are now at peace.
Gary Boswell
Jul 17, 2019
Fellow Shipmate Vietnam 1972. God Bless Always.
Bruce Russell HT/DC3
Jul 13, 2019
Fair winds and smooth sailing to you,shipmate.Sorry for the loss to the family.
Cliff Kavanaugh HM2 USS Newport News CA-148
Jul 13, 2019
Eternal Father, strong to save
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
It's own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee
For those in peril on the sea!
hugh mahone IC2 (ravenswood, wv)
Jul 12, 2019
from one hillbilly to another (who served on the NN CA148 at the same time in the nam), will sail with you again someday.
Michael w smith
Jul 12, 2019
Was on the New Port news 71 to 75 b division my condolences
Judy Brooks Grismer
Jul 12, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear about Karl's passing. We were classmates in high school. My condolences to his family.
John C. Noll
Jul 12, 2019
I did not know Karl personally, but we served on the same ship the, USS Newport News (CA-148), although at different times. We hold a ship’s reunion every two years and as a part of the reunion we hold a memorial service for our shipmates who have passed away. I normally conduct the memorial service and we will remember Karl and his service to our ship at the next reunion in 2021. I offer my condolences to his family, and to Karl I will say – Fair winds and following seas shipmate.
John C Noll
USS Newport News 1966 to 1970
President of the USS Newport News Reunion Association
Kim Semenske Runyon
Jul 12, 2019
May you find comfort at this time Love u guys 💓
Richard Brenner
Jul 12, 2019
My deepest sympathy to your family. Rest In Peace Shipmate you have been relieved and We have the watch.
Alfred E Babson GMG 2 CA 148 Newport News
Jul 12, 2019
Prayers for your family in this difficult time. Deepest sympathy. I'll always think of you as Sue, how do you do, as I did in the Navy. I was shocked to see this notice, wish I could make services . Say hi to our shipmates.
George A. Nelson (Nellie)
Jul 12, 2019
Half of me ; we'll meet again. Nellie
Cheryl Blankenship
Jul 12, 2019
Prayers for you in this difficult times for comfort. Deepest sympathy.
Dawn LeMone
Jul 11, 2019
Praying for Kylene’s family as you all grieve the loss of a very special man.
Jul 11, 2019
Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum was purchased for the family of Karl Elwyn Sauer Sr..  Send flowers