John Robert Saringer passed away on January 10, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Sandi; daughters Kellye Saringer and Stacey Moore and her husband Jeff Moore, grandchildren Reagan and Jack Robertson and Kylie and Brady Moore; sister Frances Jones and husband Bob; Niece Missy Romero and nephews Richard Jones and Tony Landrum; and of course his beloved canine companion Sasha. He is also survived by "The Dinner Club"---close friends who became local family and his brothers and sisters in Christ. He was pre-deceased by his parents John and Etolia Saringer, in-laws Ken and Nell Brooks, and sister Judy Landrum.
John grew up in Dallas and graduated from Bryan Adams High School. He earned his BS from Southwestern University in 1968 and his JD from Baylor University Law in 1973. He served in the US Army from 1968-1970 in Vietnam and Hawaii.
John and Sandi moved to Abilene in 1973 where he served as a city attorney and later joined a private law practice with Don & Randy Wilson. He served as Taylor County Court-at-Law Judge from 1983 to 1987. In 1989 he joined the Wagstaff Law Firm where he practiced law until his retirement in 2017. During his law career he served on several Bar Association committees and boards at the state and local level. John was a faithful member of Aldersgate UMC and the Lamplighters Sunday School Class.
John loved the outdoors and hunting, fishing, and boating. He enjoyed many hours teaching grandchildren to water ski and trying to bounce them across the lake on a huge tube.
Services will be held at 10 am Monday January 14th at Aldersgate UMC, officiated by Gary Boles and Dr. Phil Christopher. Interment will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park. Visitation will be Sunday, January 13th from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Wagstaff Law Firm. Pallbearers will be Charles "Bob" Clark, Brady Moore, Jeff Moore, Harry Reaugh, Jack Robertson, John Stearns, and Lloyd Turner.
Special thanks to Dr. Tommie Ferrell, Dr. Jose Vega and Dr. Hans Hammers and to the Hendrick Hospice Care team for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials to Hendrick Hospice Care, 1651 Pine, Abilene, TX 79601.
The family first began in the funeral business in 1933. The Hamil's legacy, beginning with the Elliott's to John and Jo Ann Hamil and now continuing with Robert and Karla Hamil, is to serve families in their time of need.