Elvin R. "Jake" Saylor, 62, Catharine Township, near Yellow Springs, rural Williamsburg, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon at his home after an apparent heart attack.
He was born on the family farm near Williamsburg, son of the late James V. and Maude J. "Mickey" (Nail) Saylor. He was twice married, first to Ruth M. McMaster on Aug. 16, 1969, in Yellow Springs, and then to Ethel M. (Hall) Bollinger on Sept. 26, 1995, in Yellow Springs.
Surviving are his wife, Ethel; three daughters: Christina Reighard of Williamsburg, Susan Zook and husband, Randall, of Tyrone and Heather Saylor of Altoona; two sons: Allen and wife, Dana, of Pennsylvania Furnace and Blair at home; eight grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Rebecca J. Brumbaugh of Williamsburg; two brothers: James C. and Kenneth V., both of rural Williamsburg; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jake was a 1969 graduate of Williamsburg High School, where he was a member of the Future Farmers of America. He retired as a self-employed owner/operator of Saylor's Tire Service with more than 35 years of service, and he previously was employed as an agricultural equipment mechanic at Forshey's Inc., Martinsburg, for about five years. After his retirement, he was employed at Penn England Farms, rural Williamsburg.
Jake was a member of Yellow Springs Lutheran Church, rural Williamsburg, where he formerly served on the church council, and he was a former director and president of the Henry's Lutheran Cemetery Association. He was a former member of Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Company, Station 90.
He enjoyed fishing, collecting genealogy and restoring old tractors and was a naturally self-taught inventor.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Yellow Springs Lutheran Church, Pastor M. Suzanne Morelli officiating. Interment will follow at Henry's Lutheran Cemetery at Yellow Springs.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to his church's memorial fund or the cemetery's endowment fund.