John Thomas Sayre, 61

John Thomas Sayre, 61, loving husband of Susan Morris Sayre, passed away Sunday, March 15, in Lexington, Kentucky.

John was born Nov. 23, 1958 in Lexington to the late John and Janice Sayre. He grew up in Penfield, New York, where after high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served six years. He spent the last 30 years of his life in Clark County, Kentucky.

Survivors other than his wife include his stepson, Shawne (Paige) Mingua; granddaughter, Mattie Mingua; stepgranddaughter, Lindsay Abrams; sisters, Greta (Roger) Bondurant and Andrea (Steve) Brook; brother, Stephen (Kelly) Sayre; niece and caretaker, Lindsay Gargotto; several nieces and nephews.

John was a very loving husband and a protective family man. He and Susan shared almost 40 years of the most beautiful love and inseparable partnership. He loved his family, and he was loved by all. His family extended to his pets, who are all spoiled. He loved all children. His many nieces and nephews have playful, fond memories of their time with him. He had many friends, and he was a friend for life — his memory will not fade. Semper Fi.

John loved the water — being in, around, on or in it. He loved fishing, boating, camping. He was a very talented, or some have said magical mechanic who could fix or build anything. He carried all the values of a Marine veteran: honor, courage, and commitment. He did everything with passion and gusto. He enriched the lives of others with his passions and determination. He was bigger than life — gregarious, adventurous and lived a life of no regrets. He lived life on his own terms, and when he did something, he did it to the fullest — he was masterful. He always said, “You have to grow old, but you don’t have to grow up,” and he fully lived by that.

A visitation will be held from 10 to 12 p.m. on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home — Main Street with a memorial service to follow at 12 p.m. Burial will follow in Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Woodford County or your local Humane Society.