Mac J Sayers, age 88 of Marengo, Iowa, died Friday, June 19, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Service: 10:30 A.M. Monday, June 22, 2015, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Marengo with Rev. Fr. Joseph Roost officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Marengo. Visitation: 4 to 7 P.M. Sunday, June 21, 2015, Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice, the Marengo Memorial Hospital, or Iowa Public Television.
Mac is survived by his wife Elsie; his children, Vicki Davidson (Bob) of Amana, James “Jim” Sayers (Vanessa) of Belle Plaine, Carla Myers (Chuck) of Hartford, Adda Sayers (TJ) of Urbandale, Susan Bell of Marengo, Nancee Herman (Dale) of Atkins, and Justin Sayers (Sheila) of Marengo; step-children, Cindy Walter (Kevin), Dan Hollrah (Chris) and J. Brian Hollrah; sixteen grandchildren, Jennifer (Chad) Knudtson, Jessica (Steve) Cerveny, Benjamin Sayers, Andrew Sayers, Chantel Teachout, Canada (Matt) Snyder, Carissa (Tony) Nusbaum, Shayla Bell, Spencer Bell, Senra (Nathan) Whitters; Sara Herman, Nolan Herman, Nathan Herman, Nevin Herman; Stella Sayers, and William Sayers; and ten great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren, Lacie (Tim) Blattner, Abbie (Taylor) Maxfield, Sara Hollrah, Andrea Hollrah, Rebecca (Kyle) Campbell and Anneli Hollrah; and a step-great grandchild. Also surviving is his sister, Sally Anderson of Santa Barbara, CA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mabelle Rogers Sayers, his first wife, Darlene Eckert Sayers, a son Dudley, a daughter Paula, and three brothers, William, James, and Dean “Bud” Sayers.
Mac J Sayers was born April 22, 1927 on the family farm, in Iowa County, Iowa, the son of James William and Mabelle Merle Rogers Sayers. He attended the Iowa County schools and graduated from Marengo High School with the Class of 1945. He was a life-long farmer in the Iowa County area. Mac and Darlene Eckert were married September 14, 1948 in Kansas City, MO. She passed away July 6, 1987. He later married Elsie Hahn Hollrah on August 3, 1991 at Middle Amana, Iowa.
Mac loved spending time with his family, especially outdoors on top of the hill, “Buffalo Acres” with roaring bonfires. He liked to play cards and dominos. He also spent many hours tending his buffalo, and never missed a chance to go mushroom hunting. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and dancing. He also served as a township trustee for a number of years.