Robert L. Sachs


Robert L. Sachs, 92, of New Whiteland, died June 27, 2016.

Robert was born May 4, 1924, in Indianapolis, to the late William and Ruth Sachs.

He graduated from Indianapolis Arsenal Technical High School in 1942, and the University of Indianapolis in 1946, with majors in mathematics and history. He received a Master of Divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary (Garrett), an M.A. in Christian Education and Social Work from McCormick Theological Seminary, and an M.S. in Education from Indiana University.

Robert served over 40 years as a pastor to churches in Indiana, including Greenwood, Lafayette, Medora, Connersville, Bloomington, Evansville, Terre Haute and Indianapolis. His ministry in E.U.B. and United Methodist churches extended the social justice message of the church from its walls into the streets of the community.

In addition to his ministry to congregations, he served with the Evansville’s Human Rights Commission for three years in the late 1960s and early 1970s, sat more than 15 years on the board of Indiana Juvenile Justice Task Force, serving four years as president, was a proponent of the establishment and operation of agencies such as the United Methodist Youth Home in Evansville, and was instrumental in establishing a neighborhood methadone clinic within the church’s walls.

He was preceded in death by his wife Anita; his grandson, Daniel Disseler; and two great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his son, Robert; his daughters, Jane White (Tim), Dr. Jean Disseler (Steve) and Joan Casson (Chris); his grandchildren, Tim White (Sara), Pat White, Alex White and Angel White; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at noon on Friday at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 7602 Madison Ave., Indianapolis, with calling from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the “Robert L. and Anita M. Sachs Endowed Fund” at the University of Indianapolis.

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