Herbert George "Herbie" Sautter

Herbert G. Sautter, 90, of Tucson, passed away peacefully at home July 18, 2022, surrounded by his family and wife of 70 years.

 

Herb was born April 5, 1932, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Otto and Matilde Sautter (nee Mast), the oldest of three.

 

He married the love of his life Roberta Bray, June 7, 1952, at Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Texas.

 

He is survived by his wife Roberta; children Linda Achenbach, Michael Sautter, Jamie Hernandez (Albert), Peggy Smoot and Terry Sautter; sisters Carol O’Dell and Arlene Schweigert (Charles); grandchildren BreAnna Jones, Anthony Hackworth Jr. (Jamelynn Evans), Erin Achenbach and Cheyanne Smoot; great-grandchildren Leiianni and Lila Jones; and many loved relatives in Germany.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Herb served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955, before going to work as an engineer for the Tucson water department in 1956, a position he held until retirement in 1989.

 

He enjoyed and appreciated walks with his beloved dogs in the Sonoran Desert and teaching his grandchildren about its wildlife, as well as taking his children to the target range. A “handyman extraordinaire,” he was never without a project to be done and he delighted in sharing his creations with his family. 

 

A well-rounded hobbyist, he also enjoyed rides on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and was a member of the Tucson Harley Club.

 

Above all, he was proud of his family and the home he built, a place where everyone could gather together, even when he would joke about his children coming around too much. Even as he grew older, he never lost his witty sense of humor.

 

A dedicated father, grandfather and husband, he will be dearly missed by his loved ones and friends.

 

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. at Adair Funeral Home, 8090 N. Northern Ave., 85704

 

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations in Herb’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.com.