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Edward S. Sawtelle

Died: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Edward S. Sawtelle, 78, Terre Haute, formerly of Champaign, Ill., died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 29, 1930, in Erie, Pa., he was a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, a former personnel administration employee of Lord Manufacturing Co. in Erie, former personnel director for the city of Erie, where he established the first professional personnel office, a former assistant personnel director at the University of Illinois, with jurisdiction over the Champaign-Urbana Campus, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Chicago Circle Campus, the former director of personnel at Indiana State University and retired from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston as the director of personnel. After retirement, he ran a private personnel consulting business.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Dolores Eicher; a daughter, Catherine Thorpe of West Palm Beach, Fla.; four sons, Stephen of Olathe, Kan., Thomas of Luverne, Minn., Robert of Corydon and Edward of Terre Haute; four brothers, Bill of Bloomington, Calif., Tom of Kansas City, Kan., Jim of Cape Coral, Fla., and Jerry of Meadville, Pa.; a sister, Mary Ann Lican of Erie, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation: Wednesday, April 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, April 2, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Callahan DeBaun Funeral Home in Terre Haute.

Funeral Mass: Thursday, April 2, at 12:05 p.m. at St. Benedictís Catholic Church in Terre Haute followed by entombment at Calvary Cemetery/Mausoleum.

The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Benedictís Catholic Church; the Carmelite Monastery, 59 Allendale, Terre Haute; or the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, 402 W. Washington St., W256, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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