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Edward Sawl

September 6, 1961 — April 25, 2020

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 6, 1961 Departed on April 25, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN
Edward "Ed" George Sawl

Born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 6, 1961

Departed on April 25, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Edward "Ed" George Sawl, age 58 of Gallatin, TN, passed away April 25, 2020. Mr. Sawl was born September 6, 1961 in Pittsburgh, PA. He is preceded in death by his parents, Franklin and Anna Marie Macko Sawl. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dianne Sawl; children, Kristen Morton (Levi), Abbey Marie Sawl (Derek Sibley) and Kelly Hughes (Joseph); grandson, Judah S. Hughes; brothers, Anthony Sawl (Rosalyn) and Timothy Sawl (Sharon); sisters, Patricia Smith (Alan), Cynthia Goode (Tim), Karen Halferty (Danny) and Louann Tallentire; father-in-law, Ray Degenhardt (Pat); mother-in-law, Darlene Degenhardt; several nieces and nephews.

Ed served as a Master Sergeant in the U. S. Air Force with the 171st Air Refueling Wing and worked in military supply. After being honorably discharged, he later retired from a career in automotive parts supply and distribution. Ed was a selfless husband, caring father, and loving "Pap Pap." Both in Baldwin, PA and Gallatin, TN he was a well-loved neighbor and always ready to lend a hand or a tool. He will be remembered for his warm hugs, love of practical jokes, and fatherly wisdom. He was also a member of Gallatin First United Methodist Church.

There will be a private memorial service with the family on Wednesday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m. at Gallatin First United Methodist Church. The service will be available via Facebook live. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made via mail to Andrew Jackson Police Youth Camp at 440 Welshwood Dr. Nashville, TN 37211 or online at (in memory of Edward Sawl).

You are invited to join Ed Sawl's family on Gallatin First UMC's Facebook and Youtube channel for the service on Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Remind on the link that it will be central time 10 a.m.

Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

75 Comments Lois Pizzi April 27, 2020 at 9:41 pm - Reply

Sending love to you all… from the Pizzi family.
Pittsburgh, PA

Ron Gavel April 28, 2020 at 1:05 am - Reply

Rest in peace Eddie.
Prayers and condolences to Dianne, your family, and those who you’ve touched.

Margie & Homer Carter April 27, 2020 at 10:16 pm - Reply

Your loving,”gentle giant” of a man will be greatly missed, especially by Margie & Homer Carter.
Love & prayers,
The Carters

Patricia smith April 27, 2020 at 10:26 pm - Reply

May you rest in peace Eddie

Nadine Burke April 28, 2020 at 11:48 am - Reply

Ed was a wonderful husband and father. In the years I’ve known the Sawl family Ed was always sweet to me. I have wonderful memory of him and Dianne at my wedding. Taking funny pictures and celebrating with me. Ed you will be missed. I pray for Dianne and the girls.

Isaac April 27, 2020 at 11:07 pm - Reply

Ed was a wonderful neighbor and friend – always willing to lend a hand and offer input. He was like a grandpa to our kids and a true friend to us. His cheer and life outlook will be greatly missed and his heart will live on with us.
The Campbells

Brew April 28, 2020 at 12:02 am - Reply

Ed….you will forever be in our hearts and we will think of you often! Thank You for being there in so many ways…..we are so lucky to have had your friendship and we will forever be grateful!!

Love the Brew Family

DEBORAH L (SHEFFO) WEBER May 1, 2020 at 2:07 am - Reply

My heart ߒ” with the sad news of Eddie’s untimely death. May you rest in peace, Eddie. Pray for us! My deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers of peace of mind and comfort from Our Lord go to Dianne and their beautiful family ߙ

David April 28, 2020 at 12:18 am - Reply

A "Wonderful" neighbor and friend will be greatly missed!
RIP Mr. Ed.
We Love you.
The Downs's

Margaret and James Brown April 28, 2020 at 12:25 am - Reply

My prayer is for God to comfort you all with His love and peace! Love you all so much❤️ߙϰߏޢݤ️ߙϰߏ¾

David April 28, 2020 at 12:26 am - Reply

A Wonderful Neighbor and Friend will be greatly missed!
RIP Mr. Ed.
Sending Love and Prayers.
The Downs's

The Brew's April 28, 2020 at 12:32 am - Reply

Ed….you will forever be in our hearts and we will think of you often! Thank You for being there in so many ways…..we are so lucky to have had your friendship and we will forever be grateful and cherish those great memories of you, and never forget the awesome pranks!!!

With Love from…. Joe, Jess, and Joey

Kristen April 28, 2020 at 12:34 am - Reply

Ed was an great man, father, and will be greatly missed. Please know you are in our thoughts, prayers, and in our hearts. Love the Scott & Palmer Family

Tracy Guzzi April 28, 2020 at 3:04 am - Reply

I am so sorry for your loss.

Timothy Sawl April 28, 2020 at 12:37 am - Reply

Ed you will be missed and never forgotten. Rest in Peace dear brother till we meet again.

Donna Zaccagnini April 28, 2020 at 2:13 am - Reply

Tim, I am so sorry for your loss. Eddie was a great guy! Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers

Chris Sullivan April 28, 2020 at 4:19 am - Reply

Uncle Ed you will missed dearly. I will miss our random conversations. Still cant believe you’re gone. You gave me my first set of tools and made me the man I am today. I forever will be thankful for everything you’ve done. Until we meet again ߘ¢

Daniel Belk April 28, 2020 at 1:47 am - Reply

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of loss.

Clifford & Doris Avrit April 28, 2020 at 2:03 am - Reply

Ed was a Very good Friend to us and a Neighbor like we have never had before and never expect to have again He went the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and beyond miles to help us in any way he could regardless of what time of the day or night. We are 87 and 88 years old. His help meant so much to us and we enjoyed him coming over to visit with us so much.

Donna Zaccagnini April 28, 2020 at 2:03 am - Reply

Ed, you will be missed my dear cousin. You always made me smile! My Deepest Sympathy to his wonderful wife Diane, their beautiful daughters and all of his brothers and sisters. We may be separated by distance but love knows no bounds. Love you all my dear family.

Anthony F Sawl April 28, 2020 at 2:05 am - Reply

I don't know if I'll ever get over you being gone. My heart is forever broken and your family is all I have now. I will miss our daily texts and weekly conversations. Rest In Peace with MOM and DAD. Until we meet again. Love you.

Bernie Goode and Family April 28, 2020 at 2:07 am - Reply

My Uncle Eddie… so many good memories ߙ‚

Prayers for Aunt Dianne and my cousins Kristen, Abbey, and Kelly

Jeff Tirpak April 28, 2020 at 2:28 am - Reply

Rest In Peace Ed. My condolences Dianne and family.

Tim and Cindy Goode April 28, 2020 at 3:52 am - Reply

Out of 7 children, Ed was number 5. As kids we took long walks together to the museum, flowershow and Pantherhollow and fished with a bamboo pole and corn. We never really caught anything but we did have fun just being there together. Prayers go out to Dianne and family. May good memories of Ed carry on. With love, #4 sister Cindy and husband Tim.

Mary and John Gardell April 28, 2020 at 3:28 pm - Reply

So sorry for your loss! Condolences to the family!
Love Mary and John

Deneice Watkins April 28, 2020 at 7:56 pm - Reply

Diane and family. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. My heart goes out to you.

Tess Mackey April 28, 2020 at 3:17 am - Reply

Rest In Peace Uncle Ed.

So sorry Aunt Diane, Kristen, Kelly, and Abbey for your loss. ߙ

Bob Drumm April 28, 2020 at 5:13 am - Reply

I grew up with Ed's Brother Tim as one of my best friends and was in the saul home quite often. All i can say is Ed was a wonderful man, he always treated me kindly & welcomed me along with the rest of the Saul family. I know i will see my Brother Ed in the next lifetime after. Ty ed for being u, love u my brother

Janelle Keslar April 28, 2020 at 10:06 pm - Reply

I’m blessed to have known his kind soul. Words can’t express what you’re going through, but I’m praying for y’all during this heartbreaking time.

Anthony Sawl April 28, 2020 at 10:07 am - Reply

You will be deeply missed Uncle Ed. I definitely will miss those holiday gif picture messages and those phone calls.You will forever be in our hearts Uncle Ed❤️.

Frederick Zoller April 28, 2020 at 10:24 am - Reply

So sorry for your loss. Ed was a great guy and a good friend. I'll always treasure and remember the days working with him at the 171st Air Refueling Wing.

Courtney Siefert April 28, 2020 at 12:22 pm - Reply

Sending lots of love, many hugs and prayers from the Sieferts.

Cheryl Schienle April 28, 2020 at 12:58 pm - Reply

Dave and I send our love and prayers to the entire family.

Sherry Parker April 28, 2020 at 1:01 pm - Reply

So sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. Dianne and her family are in my heart and prayers. God Bless.

KarenMckain April 28, 2020 at 1:06 pm - Reply

Sorry for your loss God be with you all

Karen McKain April 28, 2020 at 1:10 pm - Reply

Thoughts and prayers to you one and all
God be with you all

Karen Mckain April 28, 2020 at 1:13 pm - Reply

Sorry for your loss God be with you all
Your in our thoughts and prayers

Sylvia Nesbit April 28, 2020 at 1:16 pm - Reply

Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God

Bob Conley April 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm - Reply

In 1990 2 ex-city boys, one from the east side and one from the northside were united by God in a friendship that over the years became more brotherly than neighborly. Though miles have separated us the last few years the love has remained. Now at your passing Ed it is the memories I will cherish, what we learned from each other and what we experienced together all precious to me, truly gifts from God. Be at rest from your labors my brother knowing your legacy lives on. Till we are reunited again, God’s peace.
Mr. Bob

Celie West April 28, 2020 at 2:16 pm - Reply

I am so so sorry for.yoir loss. Ed was a Great neighbor
Always ready to lend a hand or offer a good suggestion. He is now in Heaven with my Dear Husband Bill. I will sorely miss your sense of humor and helpful ways. Dianne and your girls if you want or need me for anything I am here for you. RIP Ed
Celie West

Cheryl and Randy Haack April 28, 2020 at 2:27 pm - Reply

Ed will be greatly missed in our lives and hearts. I have never met a neighbor and friend who would help whenever someone needed it, welcome you kindly into his home and share a smile or joke with his neighbors whenever we walked by his home. Ed and Diane showed love, joy and kindness to all they met, and I am grateful to have known them as a couple.

Eric Raymond April 28, 2020 at 2:45 pm - Reply

Such terrible news for family and friends. Your family has seen and experienced so much sadness. I clearly remember him and the backyard get togethers in the Smith's backyard. Just as all of you, I enjoyed his personality and friendship. I truly wish I had the power to wave a magic wand and heal your family to make the pain go away. All of you deserve and need a break. So sad to learn this. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. This has been a horrible year. May God favor you in these stressful times.

Bob Michak April 28, 2020 at 2:52 pm - Reply

Rest easy my friend! It was a pleasure knowing you, and growing up in Greenfield with you and your family! RIP Ed !

Pamela Rosado April 28, 2020 at 3:03 pm - Reply

So sad for your loss of your DAd Abbey. He always has sounded like a wonderful man and father. May your beautiful memories and love comfort you now and in the coming days. Love n prayers, Pam and D Rosado

Lois Erdman April 28, 2020 at 3:10 pm - Reply

So sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Michael J Strauch April 28, 2020 at 3:11 pm - Reply

To the Sawl…You have my deepest sympathy. I was so sorry to hear of Eds passing. May God comfort you during this difficult time. I worked with Ed and your Dad at the 171st ARW. God blesss your family

Mary Kay April 28, 2020 at 3:12 pm - Reply

The Conleys and Sawls on Senior Dr, what a crew we were. From backyard BBQs and Steeler games to our infamous New Years parties we did it all together. We met as neighbors exactly 3o yrs ago this July. We saw our girls grow into beautiful ladies and even survived to talk about it. We said goodbye to our parents together. The number of “driveway talks” we had were too many to count. You and Di were there when needed, always. When you moved to Tennessee we understood but it was still hard. This is crushing. Rest easy, dear friend. You leave us with many wonderful memories. You live on in all four of your girls. Neighbors like you do not exist anymore. With much love, Mary Kay

Lynda Scahill April 28, 2020 at 3:29 pm - Reply

Dianne and girls, we will always remember Ed as such a fun loving, caring person who was always willing to lend a hand when needed. But most importantly, he loved his wife and daughters with all of his being. He will be missed. May God comfort you all with wonderful memories of times spent with him. Love and prayers from the Scahill family

Diane Lenkiewicz April 28, 2020 at 3:36 pm - Reply

Our family was Honored to know you and your family! You were a amazing father and husband and friend . You put a big stamp on my Julia's heart ❤️ with how kind and caring you were at her Softball coach and how fun you were. And always had Positive attitude . Rest In Peace my friend the Lenkiewicz family

Lenkiewicz family April 28, 2020 at 3:57 pm - Reply

We were Honored to know Ed he was a wonderful father husband and friend and softball coach he put A Big stamp on my Julia's heart ❤️ he always was so patient caring with the girls and always took the girls sled riding KELLY and Julia like Sled riding . We love you all and Rest Easy till we meet again The Lenkiewicz family

Debra S. Carse April 28, 2020 at 4:48 pm - Reply

Please know that all of us in the office are so sad for this tremendous loss to you and your family. We are all here for you. Let us know what you need.
What beautiful tributes to your husband…. please find comfort in the words of your dear friends and family. Hugs to you and your girls.
Debbie Carse

Marianne Kosslow April 28, 2020 at 5:04 pm - Reply

Dianne, I am so sorry for your loss! I wish I could have met your wonderful husband. I pray for you and your daughters!

Ron and patty jones April 28, 2020 at 5:25 pm - Reply

Dear Diane, you and the girls are with us in spirit at this sad time. Ed will always be in our hearts and memories. He was a dear friend and neighbor. We will always remember the great times we had at our block parties. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Ron and Patty Jones,pittsburgh

Louann Tallentire April 28, 2020 at 5:59 pm - Reply

Diane I am so sorry about Ed. I will always cherish all our childhood memories that we had! Rest In Peace my brother until we meet again.
Love your sister, LouAnn

Sharon Sawl April 28, 2020 at 6:05 pm - Reply

Rest in peace Ed. My thoughts and prayers go out to Diane, Kristen, Abbey, Kelly and their families.

Melissa McGuire April 28, 2020 at 8:03 pm - Reply

Dianne we are so sorry about Ed. We will keep you and your family lifted in prayer. Our deepest condolences.
Melissa McGuire & Family

Beverly Zern April 28, 2020 at 8:05 pm - Reply

Diane, Kristin, Abby and Kelly,
We are so sorry to hear of your devastating loss. We have many fond memories of Diane and Ed at BHS volleyball games, tournaments, senior rec, and banquets for 8 straight years with our daughters. We so enjoyed time spent with your family and watching your daughters become the amazing young women that they are. Ed was so proud of each of them and their accomplishments. The void he leaves can only be filled by the wonderful memories that you all have of your life together.
Know that you are in our thoughts,
Jim and Bev Zern

Melissa McGuire April 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm - Reply

Dianne our prayers are with you and your family during this time. Our deepest condolences. Wishing you strength wrapped in hope,

Melissa & Family

Judith Mitchell April 28, 2020 at 8:50 pm - Reply

My sincere condolences to you and the family. May the comfort that only God can give, wrap His arms around you. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can not heal. Love, Judy Mitchell Mack

Michele Shedd April 28, 2020 at 9:32 pm - Reply

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and calming thoughts.

Robert and Ruth Walkup April 28, 2020 at 11:17 pm - Reply

We were so saddened to hear of Ed's passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with you in your grief. May you take comfort in the sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life when Christ will wipe every tear from our eyes and death and mourning will be no more.

Anna April 28, 2020 at 11:17 pm - Reply

Sorry to hear about your loss. Have some great memories from he girls softball years

Ed, Anna & Schooch

joseph sawl April 28, 2020 at 11:29 pm - Reply

Diane and family you have my deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace. Uncle Joe.

Don Simpson April 29, 2020 at 12:01 am - Reply

Sorry your loss. Ed was a great guy and will be missed.

Traci April 29, 2020 at 3:25 am - Reply

Kelly (and family), our hearts ache for you right now. Praying God would comfort you as only He can. Love you

Michele Moore April 29, 2020 at 6:09 am - Reply

Diane and family, so very sorry to hear of this news. Hugs and prayers to you and the family.

With love
Dave, Michele Moore

Angie Hargenrader April 29, 2020 at 11:11 am - Reply

Dear Diane and family, deepest sympathies to you and your family. you are in our thoughts and prayers. My mom, Jessie Macko, sends her love. Angie

David Florig April 29, 2020 at 4:26 pm - Reply

To Diane, the girls and their families we send our heartfelt condolences and our prayers. We are fortunate to have called Ed our friend. Our sorrow is deep and we will miss him so much.
God bless you all and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

With love,
Dave, Karen, and Natalie Florig

Cheryl David April 29, 2020 at 6:23 pm - Reply

For Dianne and the wonderful family you and Ed shared, we are so sorry for this terrible loss. We hope it helps you to know that so many of your friends are sharing, in some small way, in the pain you are experiencing and are asking Christ to send you His deep comfort and peace. Please know that all of us at Baldwin U.P. are sending our love and praying for God’s blessings upon all of you.

With sympathy and love,
Cheryl and Bob David

John Gavel April 30, 2020 at 12:52 am - Reply

We are so very sorry for your loss. May Ed’s soul and those of all faithfully departed rest in God’s mercy.
Kim, Luke and John Gavel

Bob Conley April 30, 2020 at 1:44 pm - Reply

Ed still haven’t found my legs yet. If you happen to find them in your heavenly travels hold onto them till we meet again. Love you Mr. Bob

Albert & Jackie Maurer April 30, 2020 at 2:21 pm - Reply

Our deepest sympathy to your family. May his memory be eternal.
Albert & Jackie Maurer (Greenfield neighbors)

Ron/Deb Asmann April 30, 2020 at 3:08 pm - Reply

Dearest Sawl Family

Ron and I are so deeply sorry for your loss – Together you have raised a beautiful family – God timing is not our timing – but he must have had a very special job for Ed to accomplish – always remember his legacy and the many lessons he showed his loving family. Praying for your comfort. Ron & Deb Asmann

Eric Falcione April 30, 2020 at 5:57 pm - Reply

Bonnie and I are Deeply Saddened by the loss of Ed. He was so proud and supportive of his girls. I enjoyed talking about volleyball with him and the other activities that the girls were involved in during their high school careers. He was normally the last one to leave the gym, he loved to fellowship. It hasn’t been the same since the family moved away. We used to see him walking the dogs every morning. And I know that he caught me in my boxers most of those mornings retrieving my newspaper! (With a giant smile on his face)
He and Dianne were (are) the cool parents that their children adored. I have always been so impressed and encouraged by the love this family has between one another.
We know that love is patient. And that patience is what we will have to endure until we see Ed again.

Until then. With lots of Love–Eric and Bonnie Falcione

Mary Kay April 30, 2020 at 7:59 pm - Reply

Abbey, this is for you.

I remember this conversation with you dad like it was yesterday. It was a beautiful, warm day, Mister Ed and I were chatting about life in our driveway. He said to me, “Mary Kay, I have one important job to see that gets done and that’s walking my girls down the aisle”. So do not think for one second that 5 months and 17 days from now that he will skip out on you. He will still get those pre-wedding jitters. He will be beside you down that aisle then be next to your mom when you say I do. He will step on your toes and tell you that you are beautiful. One thing about your dad is he always did what he said he had to do. XXOO Mary Kay

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