Dennis Michael Sawyer

October 31, 1950 - February 19, 2023

10/31/1950 - 02/19/2023

Past Services

Wednesday February 22, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel
929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-3311 | Directions
Thursday February 23, 2023
11:00 am
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
757-461-4054 | Directions

SOUTH MILLS – Dennis Sawyer, 72, died February 19, 2023 at his home, surrounded by his family.  Dennis was born in Norfolk, VA to the late Thomas J. Sawyer and Annie Lois Holloway Sawyer.  He was a veteran, having served in the US Coast Guard.  Dennis worked as pipefitter and enjoyed spending time with and caring for his family.  He was predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Barbara Sawyer.

Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 52 years, Deborah Jean Sawyer; sons, David W. Sawyer of Clearfield, VA and Thomas “Michael” Sawyer of Portsmouth, VA; brother, James A. Sawyer and his wife Deborah of Chesapeake; brothers-in-law, Danny Allen his wife Faye and Curtis Allen, all of South Mills, NC; granddaughter, Brittany Pope and her husband Mike of WV; great grandchildren, Lily, McKenzie, and Wyatt Pope, all of WV; and a host of other family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake.  A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.  Express condolences to the family at

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Layton Minnix
25 days ago

Dennis you were a Good Man and a Good Friend! My best memories are all the Trips to Casinos and Card Games we played in. We had some GREAT times Buddy and I will never forget them. Friday Nights were never the same when the Card Game went away, but I know you are there in Heaven playing with all the Guys who went before and having a good time. Just save me a seat for when God Calls me and I will see you then Buddy. Dennis Sawyer (One Way Ticket To Heaven) FIRST CLASS!!!

Paul W Major
26 days ago

I remember Dennis many years ago and his brother Jimmy . Both wrestled at Oscar Simth . They overcame life obstacles with tenacity . Life is short and blessings to his family .

Anna Marie Bain
26 days ago

God Rest His Soul and comfort his Family 💐🙏🏻🥰

Mike Sawyer
26 days ago

Words are hard to find when your heart has no strength. I will always keep in my mind your sharp witty ways and the way you understood things with respect that most couldn’t. Your smile and sense of humor I keep with me every day. You mean more to me than anyone will ever understand. I will continue to go on asking myself will my decisions make you proud. I love you so much dad. I will always pray for you. I’ll see you on the other side…. Love your son, Mike

Sheila Allen
26 days ago

My heart and prayers goes out to your family Debbie.

David Sawyer
26 days ago

Goodbye for now, Dad. I love you and miss you already. You taught me so many things. The lessons will be remembered and so will you. Rest in peace. Your son, David

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
27 days ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Dennis Michael Sawyer, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Coast Guard Veteran, Dennis Michael Sawyer, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Sherri DeFriece
27 days ago

Sending my deepest sympathy and caring wishes to the family. May the fond memories of Dennis help find you peace and comfort.

David Pittman
27 days ago

You will be missed my freind.