He was born in Clay, a son to the late Ernest and Elsie Sahm. He lived in Clay until 1983 when he moved to Hannibal and started a life with his beautiful bride, Debra.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War where he served in the 10th Battalion out of Amboy. He was a volunteer fireman serving from 1953 to 1983 with the Clay Volunteer Fire Department.
He retired from General Electric in 1988. During his retirement years, he worked as a carrier for the Palladium Times, was a vegetable farmer and drove school bus for the Fulton City School District where he met his good friend, Andy Butler.
Mr. Sahm and his wife enjoyed spending their summer’s camping at the Piney Woods Campground in North Rose, where they met a lot of good friends. Carl was a New York Yankees fan, was always willing to help others and had a lot of good stories and laughs around the campfire.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Ronald Sahm; sisters, Betty Rose, Eunice, Dorothy and Sharon; brothers, Milford, Arloe, Ernie and George; and his in-laws, Marilyn and Ray.
He is survived by his wife, Debra; children, Shirley (Dick), Carleton, Jr. “Butch”, Teresa, Cynthia, Debbie and Mike; sisters, Mary Jane, Barbara, Bernice, Nancy, Beatrice, Diane and Linda; daughter-in-law, Bonnie (Carl) Thompson; cousins, Leona Sahm, Edith and Cliff Blair, close friend, Mary Turner; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dogs, Molly and Bella and his cats, Tinkerbell and Peanut.
Calling hours and service were held Monday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Burial, with military honors, will be in the spring at Jacksonville Cemetery, Lysander.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Sahm may be made to Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126 or to the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 252, Hannibal, NY 13074.