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Donald E. Sayers

January 30, 1950 ~ June 5, 2019 (age 69)

     Donald E. Sayers, age 69, of New Bethlehem, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, June 5, 2019 at the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital after sustaining injuries in a fall earlier that morning.

     Born January 30, 1950 in New Bethlehem, he was the son of the late Russell E. and Cynthia Baird Sayers.

     He graduated from Redbank Valley High School in 1968 and earned an Associated Degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State-DuBois.

     Don was a Vietnam era U.S. Army veteran.

    He married the former Carol Ann Raybuck on December 26, 1970.

    Don was a self-employed building contractor and after retiring drove truck for the past 13 years.

    He was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Bethlehem where he served as a trustee.  He was also a member of the Hawthorn Lions Club.

    Don enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

    Survivors include his wife, Carol; one son:  Jason W. Sayers and his wife, Cristin, of Wattsburg and their children, Allyson and Jackson and one daughter: Kimberly D. Foringer and her fiancé, Dustin Kahle of New Bethlehem and her children: Madison, Mackenzie, Maxton and Emersyn and six sisters:  Virginia Conner (Robert) of Bumpass, Virginia; Sandra Lee (Fred) of North East; Joan Sayers (Emma Colquitt) of Grand Prairie, Texas; Ramona Stroup (Dennis) of Mayport; Martha Meissner (Rob) of Wilmington, Delaware and Wendy Risinger of Grand Prairie, Texas.

    Don is also survived by his stepmother, Lucille Sayers of New Bethlehem; a brother-in-law and his wife, Randy and Cindy Raybuck and numerous nieces and nephews.

     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great niece, Alyssa Stroup and his in-laws, John and Bernadine Raybuck.

    Family and friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Rupert Funeral Home and Cremation Service chapel, 233 Penn Street, New Bethlehem.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2019 in the First Baptist Church of New Bethlehem, 249 Broad Street, New Bethlehem with Reverend John Phillips officiating.

    The Walter W. Craig American Legion Post #354 of New Bethlehem will accord military honors in the church prior to the service.

     Interment will follow in the New Bethlehem Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions may be made in the name of Donald E. Sayers to the New Bethlehem Fire Company #1, 425 Arch Street, New Bethlehem, PA  16242 ( or the Redbank Valley Community Center, 430 Broad Street, New Bethlehem, PA  16242 (

     Online condolences may be sent to Don’s family at

Donations may be made to:

New Bethlehem Fire Company
P.O. Box 39, New Bethlehem PA 16242

Redbank Valley Community Center
430 Broad Street, New Bethlehem PA 16242

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