Harry Sauter Memorial

In Loving Memory of Harry Sauter

Your gift in memory of Harry will be celebrated through the mission of Deaf Pathway Global (DPW). DPW equips and empowers Deaf nationals to translate Gospel stories and Scriptural passages onto videos in the heart language of their people. The stories are then added to the DPW app and made accessible to the Deaf people around the world. So, what begins as Bible translation by the Deaf for the Deaf often results in exponential growth of new Christians who are discipled and then ultimately start new churches.

Obituary Posted Jan. 11, 2022:

Harry Denby Sauter, 97, was ushered into the presence of His Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, at 12:44 pm on Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Rockledge, FL.

He lived a long and fruitful life! He was a faithful servant, wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, and “adopted father” of many who loved and served alongside of him over the years. Harry is survived by his sons, Mark (Vesta) and Matthew (Tami), and 3 granddaughters, Mikaela, Bridgette, and Eden, who called him Papa Bear and who he adored.

Born on September 6, 1924, on a family farm, in Grandview, IN to Alex and Flossie Sauter. Harry graduated from Grandview High School where he served as class president in 1942. After a period of working the farm, he joined the war effort in 1944. He trained at the Great Lakes Naval Station and came out as a 3rd class radioman and served on various LST (Landing Ship Tank) in the South Pacific. During World War 2, he navigated severe storms and avoided various Kamikaze attacks. The high point of his service was the Battle of Okinawa. After the war, he studied at and graduated from Purdue University in 1950 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and soon after married Norma Ruth Cornwell of Rossville, IN. Harry and Norma would move to Bremerton, WA where he worked briefly for a torpedo factory before returning to Indiana to work for American Kitchen in Connersville. It was there, Harry and Norma placed their faith in Jesus and would strive throughout their marriage to live in obedience to His teaching.

In Connersville, Harry and Norma would start their family. In 1954, Norma give birth to Mark, their firstborn son, and in 1960, their second son Matthew, would be born. Earlier, in 1959, Harry took a job at Potter & Brumfield in Princeton, where he would manage the department of quality assurance until 1985 when he took a job with Hansen Manufacturing. For over 27 years Harry, Norma and the boys called Princeton, Indiana home. An avid reader, Harry also enjoyed wood-working projects in his shop, gardening (including the planting of lots of trees) and trips to Kentucky Lake with his boys to fish.

Harry was a man of truth, integrity, and prayer and had direct influence in his sons following Christ and being involved in mission work. He was a founding member of Broadway Baptist Church, Princeton, in 1960 and taught Sunday School throughout his time there.

After his beloved wife passed away in 1987, Harry purchased a condo in Melbourne Beach, FL and in 1988 retired from his long career as an Engineer yet continued doing consulting work in quality assurance and served on the Board of an international ministry focused on the planting of Deaf Churches.

In Melbourne, Harry was active in his church family at Central Baptist Church and focused his time on his adult men’s Sunday School class and the mission efforts at Central Baptist Church. He loved his Lord Jesus and those who were a part of the local congregations where he served!

Wherever Harry was needed, would be where you would find him. Every Sunday for a total of 60 years he led a Bible study, for 25 years he chaired a Missions Committee and for the whole of his Christian life mobilized prayer for the unreached peoples of the world, particularly the Deaf peoples of the world.

Memorial services will be held at Central Baptist Church, Melbourne, FL within the next 3-4 weeks once arrangements have been finalized.