The Columbus Dispatch

Sauer, Kenneth

1930 - 2021


The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Henry Sauer, 91, of Upper Arlington, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning. He was born on August 23,1930, in Dayton, Ohio, the oldest son of the late Kenneth and Katherine (Woodward) Sauer. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church. He graduated from Fairview High School in Dayton in 1948, Wittenberg University in 1952 where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and Hamma School of Theology in 1955. He was ordained by the Ohio Synod of the Lutheran Church in America in 1955 and called to develop a congregati­on in Akron, Ohio. Faith Lutheran Church was organized in 1955, and he served as their pastor until he was elected president of the Ohio Synod in 1973 and then bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod in 1987. He received the Doctor of

Ministry degree from Vanderbilt University in 1967, and the Doctor of Divinity degree from Wittenberg University in 1974. During his tenure as bishop, he was instrument­al in the formation of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and the creation of the Evangelica­l Lutheran Church in America. He traveled extensivel­y to meet with other ecumenical leaders including the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church. He served two terms on the Executive Council of the Lutheran Church in America and was chair of the Conference of Bishops of the ELGA from 1992-1996. He was President of the Ohio Council of Churches from 1991-1993. He wrote and lectured frequently about Church history and Lutheran Unity. He retired in 1996. In retirement he served as Interim Pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthingto­n, Christ Lutheran Church in Bexley, and David Lutheran Church in Canal Winchester. He was a 47year member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Upper Arlington. He loved golfing with his brother-in-law, traveling, gardening, reading all genres of literature, and his family. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother John. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Betty

Wallick Sauer; his three daughters, Beth (Douglas) Myser, Christine Buehner, Jennifer (Todd) Cooperider; his six grandchild­ren, Allison (Mark) Abell, Amy (Joel) Hippert, Douglas (Leslie) Myser, Daniel Cooperider, Jeffrey Coo

perider (fiancée Courtney),

and Lauren Cooperider; and six great-grandchild­ren, Jack, Benjamin, and Austin Abell; Jacob, Jordan, and John Hippert; and his sister Barbara (John) Scott. Calling Hours will be from 4-6pm on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2001 Northwest Blvd., Upper Arlington, Ohio 43212, where the funeral service will be 10am Thursday, Dec. 30, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt and Pastor Stephen Wacht

man officiatin­g. Family will

receive friends one hour prior to the service. The funeral service will be streamed live on Engagedbyg­ Private burial at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio. Memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and the Kenneth H. Sauer Symposium at Wittenberg University,

Springfiel­d, Ohio. Family

has entrusted arrangemen­ts to SCHOEDINGE­R NORTHWEST. Please visit www.schoedinge­ to share a special memory of Kenneth with his family.

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