Louis Sauer

Louis Sauer

SPOKANE, Wash. — Louis Fredrick Sauer, known to family and friends as “Louie,” died in Spokane, Wash., on June 11, 2018. He had been in failing health for several years and was treated for congestive heart failure earlier this year.

Louie was born in Mercy Hospital in Urbana on March 27, 1947, and grew up in Champaign. His parents were Elmer Louis Sauer, a professor at the University of Illinois, and Frances Hill Sauer. Louie attended Holy Cross grade school and Edison Junior High School in Champaign, and St. Bede Academy in Peru. He graduated from Champaign Senior High School in 1965. He attended Southern Illinois University and received his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.

Louie and his wife, Roberta (Bobbi) Grossman Sauer, met as SIU students and lived in Carbondale, Freeport and Colorado Springs, Colo., before settling in Pullman, Wash., in 1976. There he had a carpentry and contracting business, taught industrial arts, and was a member of the city council from 1990 to 1995. Louie and Bobbi raised their children, Sara Evangeline and Robin Michael, in Pullman. He moved to Spokane, Wash., following their divorce in 1995.

Louie enjoyed being with family and friends, reading, woodworking, taking care of his cars and trucks, making deals at barter fairs and swap meets, and was a fan of the Planetary Refugees of Colville, Wash. He traveled around Washington, Idaho and into Canada in his camper, and spent time during some winters at RV areas in the Southwest. Unfortunately, with age came declining health and mobility problems. In 2017, he moved to an assisted living apartment in Spokane, where he passed away.

Louie is survived by his ex-wife, Bobbi; his children, Sara Zeller (Andy) and Rob, all of Seattle; his grandchildren, Brynn and Isaac Zeller; his sister, Marti Keeker of San Mateo, Calif.; his brother, David of San Diego, Calif.; his nephews, Kevin, Korry and Kris Keeker; and many family members and friends in Illinois, Colorado and Washington.

Per his wishes, cremation took place in Spokane.